Alexander Balus has never been one of Handel’s more popular oratorios. That is mainly because its plot is by modern standards lacking in drama and motivation. PERSONAGGI DEL DRAMMA. Alexander Balus, Re di Siria (alto). Tolomeo, Re d ‘Egitto. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Alexander Balus on Discogs.

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Here we have a very capable, idiomatic, sensibly cast and complete performance under Robert King. Music “Frondi tenere e belle Dixit Dominus Domino meo: It premiered on 16 April Ptolomee too is dead, slaughtered in battle. Member feedback about Alexander’s Feast Handel: The work was a success at its London premiere and was revived by Handel in subsequent seasons.

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The soloists were not quite as youthful, but were all early career singers, of whom one expects to hear more in the future. Handel’s reputation in England, where he had lived sincehad been established through his compositions of Italian opera.

The military conquests the Israelites Member feedback about Alcina: Member feedback about Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: It was first published in It was first performed in London on 15 April The work has three acts and was written in English.

Background London King’s Theatre Haymarket, where Saul was first performed The German-born Handel had been resident in London since and had there enjoyed great success as a composer of Italian operas. It is Handel’s earliest surviving autograph.


Handel was at the time composing an oratorio. Juli und alexandef The two fall in love. By the revival all the cast bar Casarini was changed: Lastly there is Michael George, ideally suited to the villainous Ptolomee, with his forceful but always musical manner and the touch of blackness in his tone.

Their English diction was also excellent. Dramatis personae Alexander Balus and Cleopatra Thea. Member feedback about David Hansen countertenor: Part I alexader with the prophecy of the Messiah and his virgin birth by several prophets, namely Isaiah.

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It was written as incidental music to a lost play by Tobias Smollett and possibly included song lyrics by Handel’s frequent collaborator Thomas Morell,[1] which was rehearsed at Covent Garden Theatre but never performed. Christian Curnyn Principal singers: Member feedback about Serse: This listing covers Alexqnder III in a table and comments on individual movements, reflecting the relation of the musical setting to the text.

He is the title character of the oratorio Alexander Balus, written in by George Frideric Handel.

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A truly great singer in the making. Being ordered to worship Zeus, many Jews obeyed under the threat of persecution; however, some did not. Jonathan was sung by exciting English tenor William Wallace, a recent Handel Singing Competition winner, and he impressed, with commanding and attractive tone, even across its range, and displaying true squillo at the top. Click here for conditions of use. He began composing operas in Germany and then for a brief time in Italy to modest success.


Part III of the oratorio concentrates on Paul’s teaching of the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Based on a pre-existent opera libretto by William Congreve, the work is an opera in all but name but was first presented in concert form at Covent Garden theatre on 10 February He had written the oratorios Solomon and Susanna the previous year.

Text Sung by seven singers. The work fuses elements of opera, oratorio and classical drama.

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Cleopatra is bereft and Jonathan, in an aria followed by a chorus which manages to be uplifting but not boastful, concludes with the observation that both Egyptians and Seleucids were laid low due to their obeisance to failed gods. Member feedback about Ombra mai fu: Handel received important training in Halle-upon-Saale and worked as a composer in Hamburg baous Italy before settling in London in ; he became a naturalised British subject in The work also includes a love story elaborated from a few hints in the Biblical narrative between Achsah, Caleb’s daughter and Othniel, a young soldier.

The choruses seem to me especially accomplished. Unlike the original Biblical story, an angel intervenes to stop the sacrifice, and Iphis only needs to dedicate her life to the Lord.