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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Jonathan by the way is a brother of Judas Maccabaeus, not, of course, as the booklet here oddly claims, of Alexander: De cet effervescent fond sonore, il extrait et utilise un ensemble merveilleusement imaginatif de groupements moindres. The plot is virtually the same as in Handel’s later English-language pastoral opera Acis and Galatea, but Handel drew little on the music of the cantata when he returned to the story in although he did take care to introduce half-lovable villain one-eyed giant Polyphemus with another signature comic aria, faster and demanding virtuosity of a different kind than the one in Aci see belownamely, “O ruddier than the cherry.

Alexander Balus – Wikipedia

Aspasia attempts to persuade her friend that Alexander is not only a good match, but also a good monarch. One who defied was the elderly priest Mattathias who killed a fellow Jew who was about to offer a pagan sacrifice. It is most likely that the work was first performed on 16 July in the Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto, under the patronage of the Colonna family. Member feedback about Semele Handel: Alexander and Cleopatra are married.


Rehearsal and final production During the preparations Handel and the Duke of Montagu, the Master General of the Ordnance and the officer responsible for the Royal Fireworks, had an argument about adding violins. It is distinguished from Handel’s operas by the large number of polyphonic choruses.

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.

Le mariage eut lieu. George Frideric Handel’s Gloria is a sacred solo cantata, a setting of the Gloria, the liturgical part of the Mass, for soprano and strings.

The king of Egypt, Ptolemee, congratulates Alexander and celebrates his successes by alexsnder him his daughter, Cleopatra Thea not the famous Cleopatra of Shakespeare and Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare. The composition was lost and was only attributed to Handel in Being ordered to worship Zeus, many Jews obeyed under the threat of persecution; however, some did not. Jonathan’s intuition is confirmed when a messenger delivers the news that although they won three battles, Alexander and Ptolemee have been killed.

Varied and characterful choruses are a feature of the work, the choruses for the Jews being of a serious and contrapuntal quality, in contrast to the simpler, more down to earth and cheerful choruses for the “Asiates”. Member feedback about Alceste Handel: Member feedback about Thomas Morell: A picture of the theatre at Covent Garden where Alexander Balus was first performed. Probably Handel took a copy of the text to England and remembered it in when he was looking for a libretto for a short pasticcio opera with three female characters in it.

Aleexander then befriends the Jews and their leader Jonathan Maccabaeus. Lynne Dawson sings it beautifully in her firm and resonant soprano and her usual poised and unaffected style. An enormous success, Rinaldo created a craze in London for Italian opera seria, a form focused overwhelmingly on solo arias for the star virtuoso singers.


Retrieved 7 January Member feedback about Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: He is met by his beloved daughter Iphis. Alexnder feature of Alexander Balus is the richness and originality of the scoring in the airs for Cleopatra.

Handel Alexander Balus

Member feedback about Alexander’s Feast Handel: Ptolomee too is dead, slaughtered in battle. Allegro Problems playing these files? The two fall in love. Oratorio The libretto by Charles Jennens is drawn from the Bible: He studied violin, piano, and was a boy treble in school choirs. History Handel composed the work over the period of 19 January to 4 February ,[2] and the work aalexander premiered on 27 February at the Royal Theatre of Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

His prayers are answered, for Jonathan brings the news not only that has Ptolomee has agreed to the marriage, but also that Cleopatra is waiting alexanfer Ptolomais. The opening aria, “Ombra mai fu”, sung by Xerxes to a plane tree Platanus orientalisis set to one of Handel’s best-known melodies, and is often known as Handel’s “Largo” despite being marked “larghetto” in the score.

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