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Saturday, June 15, 2013 Permalink

At The Opera, George Fredric Handel: Samson - 6/15/2013

  

Samson is a three-act oratorio by George Frideric Handel, considered one of his finest dramatic works. It is usually performed as an oratorio in concert form, but on occasions has also been staged as an opera. The well-known arias "Let the bright Seraphim" (for soprano) and "Total eclipse" (for tenor) are often performed separately in concert.

Handel began its composition immediately after completing Messiah on September 14, 1741. It uses a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton, who based it on Milton's Samson Agonistes, which in turn was based on the figure Samson in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges. The premiere was given at Covent Garden in London on February 18 1743.  The oratorio was a great success, leading to a total of seven performances in its first season, the most in a single season of any of his oratorios. Samson retained its popularity throughout Handel's lifetime but is not performed much these days. This 1997 recoding stars Thomas Randle and Lynda Russell. Harry Christophers conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08pm
George Fredric Handel: Samson BUY The Symphony of Harmony and Invention; Harry Christophers, conductor Harry Christophers
11:00pm
11:38pm
Giacomo Puccini: Turandot: Nessun droma BUY n/a; n/a, conductor Mario Filippeschi
11:47pm
Rossini: Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: O muto asil del peanto... Corriam... voliam BUY n/a; n/a, conductor Mario Filippeschi
11:52pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:55pm
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III BUY Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:59pm
Puccini: Le villi, opera: La Tregenda BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Puccini
Naxos 8550240

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