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Deborah: Handel the Charming Brute and the Birth of Oratorio

Saturday 7 May 2005 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

In 1733 Handel started work on his first purpose-written Oratorio, Deborah. The piece was not popular with the audiences of the time, partly due to Handel's doubling of ticket prices. In addition to the ignominy of an unsuccessful work, the composer was in severe financial difficulty, his partnership with the impresario Heidegger was collapsing, he was being constantly lambasted by the King's son: the then Prince of Wales and a certain cartoon was doing the rounds showing Handel as a greedy hog. Catherine Bott explores Deborah, and Handel's corresponding misfortunes.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Excerpts taken from EBU recording at Handel Festival Gottingen 2004

Deborah: Heidrum Kordes, soprano
Jael: Kerstin Bruns, soprano
Barak: Peter Kennel, Alto
Sisera: Franz Vitzhum, Alto
Herald: Jorn Lindemann, tenor
Abinoam: Gotthold Schwarz, bass

Landesjugenchor Niedersachsen
Landesjugendchor Sachsen-Anhalt
Musica Alta Ripa, Hannover
Jorg Straube
 
Handel  Deborah
Chorus: Immortal Lord of Earth and Skies
 

Handel  Deborah
Recitative (Deborah/ Barak)


Handel  Deborah
Duet: Where do thy ardours raise me?


Handel  Deborah
Recitative (Jael/ Deborah)  


Handel  Deborah
Air: Choirs of Angels, all around thee (Deborah)  


Handel  Deborah
Chorus: Despair, all around them  

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Handel  Deborah
Chorus: Alleluia   CD1/29

Handel  Deborah
Chorus of the Israelites: See, the proud Chief 

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Handel  Deborah
Recitative (Sisera)  

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Handel  Deborah
Air: At my feet extended low (Sisera) 

Handel  Deborah
Recitative (Abinoam) 

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Air: Swift inundation of desolation 

Handel  Deborah
A military symphony 




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