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Composer(s):Handel, George Frideric
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.555276-77
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Given just two performances in 1764, five years after Handel’s death, Nabal is a pasticcio oratorio with material drawn from a wide range of the composer’s works. It was compiled by John Christopher Smith, Handel’s favourite copyist as well as a composer, using material left to him in Handel’s will. The story is drawn from the Old Testament, the book of Samuel, where the young David defies the rich and churlish Nabal, who promptly dies and whose wife Abigail, then becomes one of David’s wives. The libretto was written by Thomas Morell, who had collaborated with Handel on at least four of his oratorios, including Theodora and Jephtha. Here he had to fit works to music already written, with fluent results. It makes an attractive



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