Post by TareeDawg Post by Alan Cooper Post by A. Brain
A few years ago, I picked up a box of the Somary
oratorios on Brilliant Classics. I know Somary did
"Jeptha" also, but it's missing from this set. A quick
check of both Arkiv and Amazon show that this
oratorio is not widely available at a reasonable
price, with the Somary gone and others OOP.
The Brilliant box of Somary recordings is still available; see
It is a set that is well worth acquiring imho, for performances that
one wouldn't be able to get nowadays.
Post by Alan Cooper
As Mr. Brain says, for some reason Somary's Jephtha wasn't included
in that set.
Brilliant did issue Jeptha (a 3fer) and which is by Marcus Creed, RIAS
Choir, and Akademie for Alte Musik Berlin. Soloists are John M Ainsley
(t), Michael George(b), Catherine Denley(m-s), Christine Oelze (s),
Axel Koehler(ct) and Julia Gooding (s).
Maybe it is time I gave all these oratorios another whirl, and
especially Jeptha, as I recall it as being quite good.
And while it was issued separately on Vanguard CD, that
Post by Alan Cooper
issue is op. It's well worth having for the great soloists: Young,
Forrester, Watts, and Grist. Having learned the piece with
Forrester's Hamor, I find it hard to listen to a countertenor in the
part, even one as fine as Chance (for Gardiner). My own favorite
among Handel's oratorios is Theodora, and Somary's recording of that
one is included in the Brilliant box.
Theodora is a definite delight.
Another Brilliant offering is Handel's Italian Cantatas with Maria
Zadori as soprano, originally issued on Hungaroton, and issued as a 2fer.
Gardiner's set is available reasonably from
Amazon sellers. I guess maybe the Somary
was available cheap a couple of years ago
when Vanguard was going through some
kind of transition.
Vanguard was one of the best American
labels in the LP days--always good
recordings and pressings. And they had
quite a catalog of classical and pop stuff.
I picked up the Woeldike recording of
Saul, a 1995 CD reissue, a couple of
months ago. I think it was the first
recording of the piece, Vienna 1962.
Anyone know what's going on with
the Vanguard catalog these days?
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