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April 07 2012

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Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

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Excerpts from the Sacred Oratorio Theodora

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Conductor: William CHRISTIE
Director: Peter SELLARS
Singers / soloists: Frode OLSEN, David DANIELS, Richard CROFT, Dawn UPSHAW, Lorraine HUNT LIEBERSON;

Production for GLYNDEBOURNE 1996 

complete libretto

April 20 2011

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Georg Friedrich Händel
JEPHTHA
(1752)

An Oratorio; or Sacred Drama
Words by Thomas Morell

Video playlist in 12 parts from yt-account: 400KJV


(no information about this interpretation is available - it seems to be recorded in the late 50ies - may be that David Willcocks is the conductor. )


The interpretation as such is imho inspite of the relative weak recording quality stunning - thanks to Youtube its the first time I have had the chance to listen to it.


The libretto may be followed on the video screen. The complete libretto is available on opera.stanford.edu .

April 19 2011

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G.F. Handel - Ouverture from the sacred Drama and Oratorio Jephtha

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Akademie für Alte Music Berlin
Marcus Creed

April 13 2011

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Georg Friedrich Händel
JEPHTHA
(1752)
An Oratorio; or Sacred Drama
Words by Thomas Morell

(no information about this interpretation is available - it seems to be recorded in the late 50ies - may be that David Willcocks is the conductor. The whole oratorium from this recording is online on youtube)


The interpretation as such is imho inspite of the relative weak recording quality absolute stunning - on Youtube its the first time I have had the chance to listen to it.

The chosen successional parts 45-53 have a duration of ~35 min.



(The libretto may be also followed on the video screen.)

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ACT TWO


[...]

Scene 3

 
[...]

44. Quartet Zebul
Oh, spare your daughter,

Storgè
Spare my child,

Hamor
My love!

Jephtha
Recorded stands my vow in Heav'n above.

Storgè
Recall the impious vow, ere 'tis too late.

Jephtha
I'll hear no more, her doom is fix'd as fate!

Hamor, Zebul, Storgè
And think not Heav'n delights
In Moloch's horrid rites.

Scene 4

Enter Iphis.

45. Accompagnato

Iphis
Such news flies swift. I've heard the mournful cause
Of all your sorrows. Of my father's vow
Heav'n spoke its approbation by success.
Jephtha has triumph'd, Israel is free.
For joys so vast too little is the price
Of one poor life. But oh, accept it, Heav'n,
A grateful victim, and thy blessing still
Pour on my country, friends, and dearest father!

46. Air

Iphis
Happy they! This vital breath
With content I shall resign,
And not murmur or repine,
Sinking in the arms of death.
Happy they. . . da capo

47. Accompagnato

Jephtha
Deeper, and deeper still, thy goodness, child,
Pierceth a father's bleeding heart, and checks
The cruel sentence on my falt'ring tongue.
Oh, let me whisper it to the raging winds,
Or howling deserts; for the ears of men
It is too shocking. Yet have I not vow'd?
And can I think the great Jehovah sleeps,
Like Chemosh and such fabled deities?
Ah no; Heav'n heard my thoughts, and wrote them down;
It must be so. 'Tis this that racks my brain,
And pours into my breast a thousand pangs
That lash me into madness. Horrid thought!
My only daughter, so dear a child,
Doom'd by a father! Yes, the vow is past,
And Gilead hath triumph'd o'er his foes.
Therefore, tomorrow's dawn... I can no more.

48. Chorus

How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees,
All hid from mortal sight,
All our joys to sorrow turning,
And our triumphs into mourning,
As the night succeeds the day.
No certain bliss,
No solid peace,
We mortals know
On earth below,
Yet on this maxim still obey:
"Whatever is, is right."

 

ACT THREE

 

Scene 1

Jephtha, Iphis, Priests and Chorus.

49. Accompagnato

Jephtha
Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun, in clouds
And darkness, deep as is a father's woe;
A father, off'ring up his only child
In vow'd return for victory and peace.

50. Air

Jephtha
Waft her, angels, through the skies,
Far above yon azure plain,
Glorious there, like you, to rise,
There, like you, for ever reign.
Waft her. . . da capo

51. Recitative

Iphis
Ye sacred priests, whose hands ne'er yet were stain'd
With human blood, why are ye thus afraid
To execute my father's will? The call of Heav'n
With humble resignation I obey.

52. Air

Iphis
Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods,
Ye flow'ry meads and leafy woods;
Farewell, thou busy world where reign
Short hours of joy and years of pain.
Brighter scenes I seek above
In the realms of peace and love.

53. Chorus of Priests

Doubtful fear and rev'rent awe
Strike us, Lord, while here we bow,
Check'd by Thy all-sacred law,
Yet commanded by the vow.
Hear our pray'r in this distress,
And Thy determin'd will declare.


[...]

  
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complete libretto from Handel's Sacred Drama or Oratorio Jephta

April 12 2011

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from Handel's Sacred Drama or Oratorio Jephta


"In honour of Stuart Burrows' () here is his moving rendition of "Deeper, and deeper still....Waft her, angels.." from Handel's Jephtha (available on the Decca label)." rec ~1960ies

(the piano part is not mentioned)

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ACT TWO

 
[...]

Scene 4

[...]

47. Accompagnato Jephtha
Deeper, and deeper still, thy goodness, child,
Pierceth a father's bleeding heart, and checks
The cruel sentence on my falt'ring tongue.
Oh, let me whisper it to the raging winds,
Or howling deserts; for the ears of men
It is too shocking. Yet have I not vow'd?
And can I think the great Jehovah sleeps,
Like Chemosh and such fabled deities?
Ah no; Heav'n heard my thoughts, and wrote them down;
It must be so. 'Tis this that racks my brain,
And pours into my breast a thousand pangs
That lash me into madness. Horrid thought!
My only daughter, so dear a child,
Doom'd by a father! Yes, the vow is past,
And Gilead hath triumph'd o'er his foes.
Therefore, tomorrow's dawn... I can no more.

[...]

ACT THREE

 

Scene 1

Jephtha, Iphis, Priests and Chorus.


[...]


50. Air Jephtha
Waft her, angels, through the skies,
Far above yon azure plain,
Glorious there, like you, to rise,
There, like you, for ever reign.
Waft her. . . da capo

[...]


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complete libretto from Handel's Sacred Drama or Oratorio Jephta






February 24 2009

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Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
2009 Handel Year - 250th anniversary of Handel's death


in higher definition

Sacred Oratorio Theodora 2nd act, 1st scene:
(Artists are mentioned in the youtube sidebar)

complete libretto


Scene 1 Valens, and Chorus of Heathens.

29. Recitative

Valens
Ye men of Antioch, with solemn pomp,
Renew the grateful sacrifice to Jove;
And while your songs ascend the vaulted skies,
Pour on the smoking altars floods of wine,
In honour of the smiling deities,
Fair Flora, and the Cyprian queen.

30. Chorus of Heathens

Queen of summer, queen of love
And thou, cloud-compelling Jove,
Grant a long and happy reign,
To great Cæsar, king of men.

31. Air

Valens
Wide spread his name,
And make his glory
Of endless fame
The lasting story.

32. Recitative

Valens
Return, Septimius, to the stubborn maid,
And learn her final resolution.
If ere the sun with prone career has reach'd
The western isles, she deigns an offering
To the great gods, who subjected the world
To conqu'ring Rome, she shall be free; if not,
The meanest of my guards with lustful joy
Shall triumph o'er her boasted chastity.

33. Chorus of Heathens

Venus laughing from the skies,
Will applaud her votaries.
While seizing the treasure
We revel in pleasure,
Revenge sweet love supplies.

complete libretto

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