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.

Author: Tauramar Daigrel
Country: Algeria
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 19 August 2008
Pages: 431
PDF File Size: 1.4 Mb
ePub File Size: 16.23 Mb
ISBN: 585-8-20067-665-3
Downloads: 62761
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Manris

One who defied was the elderly priest Mattathias who killed a fellow Jew who was about to offer a pagan sacrifice.

Handel Alexander Balus

The Act ends with a sequence of three movements in which the Asiates celebrate the marriage of Cleopatra and Alexander: Marcjanna MyrlakAlexander Balu. Chorus of Israelites, Chorus of Asiates, Chorus of ruffians [1].

The Australian soprano Balis Sutherland sang the role in a production by Franco Zeffirelli in which she made her debut at La Fenice in February and at t Handel adapted the aria from the setting by Giovanni Bononcini, who, in turn, adapted it from the setting by Francesco Cavalli.

The singer William Savage owned the volume.

The opera was a success at its first performances, was frequently revived by Handel in his subsequent opera seasons and is now one of the most often performed Baroque operas. To add a comment, please Login or register.

Member feedback about Thomas Morell: Solomon Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. The work has three acts and was written in English. The doctor went to the window and spoke to Handel, who would not leave his carriage. Member feedback about Aci, Galatea e Polifemo: Dramatis personae Alexander Balus and Cleopatra Thea.


Handel used the libretto of L’isola di Alcina, an opera that was set in in Rome by Riccardo Broschi, which he acquired the year after during his travels in Italy. Handel received important training in Halle-upon-Saale and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in ; he became a naturalised British subject in 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 In the massive, complex chorus “O calumny”, aleexander chorus comments and moralizes on the action in the manner of choruses in ancient Greek tragedy.

Hyperion Records

History The libretto by the Venetian poet Lucchini had been written for a setting by Antonio Lotti in Dresden in Being ordered to worship Zeus, many Jews obeyed under the threat of persecution; however, some did not.

Rodelinda has long been regarded as one of Handel’s greatest works. Member feedback about Arianna in Creta: Retrieved from alexannder https: There are three types of chorus: Music “Frondi tenere e belle Alexandre revient du combat, triomphant: Movements The work consists of five movements: Alexander is defeated, and flees into Arabia.

Adagio e staccato 3.

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. Saul was first performed at the King’s Theatre in London on 16 January In contrast, the Biblical story states that her father chose to sacrifice her, but a short reprieve is arranged, after wh Handel’s compositions include 42 operas; 29 oratorios; more than cantatas, trios and duets; numerous arias; chamber music; a large number of ecclesiastical pieces; odes and serenatas; and 16 organ concerti.


Part II covers the Passion in nine movements including the oratorio’s longest movement, an air for alto He was despised, then mentions death, resurrection, ascension, and reflects the spreading of the Gospel and its rejection.

In an attempt to unite the two poems into a singular “moral design”, at Handel’s request, Jennens added a new poem, “il Moderato”, to create a third movement. By Sandra Bowdler15 May His first opera in England, Rinaldowas met with enthusiasm, and several more Italian operas soon followed.

Haendel composait alors un oratorio. C to B. Retrieved 7 January The work was completed in April while Handel was living in Italy.

Alexander Balus – Wikipedia

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Italian-language operas Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. Handel completed Judas in the summer of but its first performance was not held until April ; it was a great success. Alexander Balus was first performed on 23 March, and repeated twice more in bals season. There were 10 further performances and it was not revived. On the other hand, one wonders if the tessitura of the role was a bit low for her, as she produced some exciting high notes bxlus different times.

HandelAlexander Balus.