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By Giv Cornfield
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Handel was so prolific, even masterpieces like this splendid oratorio tend to be overlooked, though recordings of selections and the ubiquitous "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" abound. In this most recent incarnation, conductor Martini lives up to his illustrious family name with a simply superb performance of the work. As enjoyable as any opera, 'Solomon' has a rich story-line, drama, great arias, duets, choruses, magnificent orchestral climaxes, all captured in vivid audio in an ideally spacious acoustic setting. I never knew so much music (81:06 and 79:01, respectively) could fit on CDs. Whether you have a recording of the work or not, this one's an irresistible bargain.
ALL HAIL: A WUNDERKIND! Tianwa Yang was all of seventeen (according to the notes) when she made this recording. Everyone loves a child prodigy, and from the opening phrase on this CD, it was obvious that we are here in the presence of a major, major talent, having already recorded - at age thirteen! - that Mount Everest of the virtusoso violinist's repertoire: the 24 Caprices by Paganini. So hats off again to the young lady, and to her excellent accompanist Markus Hadulla, for his wonderful support. The audio quality is up to Naxos' excellent standard.
The singers were: Solomon - Signora (Caterina) Galli, mezzo-soprano Zadok - Mr (Thomas) Lowe, tenor A Levite - Mr (Thomas) Reinhold, bass Pharaoh's daughter (Queen to Solomon) - Signora (Giulia) Frasi Nicaule (Queen of Sheba) - Signora Frasi First Harlot (First Woman) - Signora Frasi, soprano Second Harlot (Second Woman) - Signora Sibilla, soprano
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HANDEL: Solomon, HWV 67