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Handel: Susanna

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The story of the innocent Susanna--whose nude bathing in a stream so excited two elders in her community that they charged her with all sorts of dirty things--is from the Apocrypha. Near the story's close, the young Israelite Daniel, clearly a budding lawyer, disproves the elders' claims by having each explain certain details without the other in the room. (In the Carlisle Floyd version, there's a twist, and the ending is horrifyingly different.) The story, as Handel and his unknown librettist tell it, takes more than two and a half hours. What we get in place of nail-biting drama is a marvelous portrait of the chaste Susanna, her trusting husband, Joacim, and the lascivious elders. There's also a great concentration on the plot's rural setting. Arias are filled with nature--Handel offers us a lovely pastoral setting, with a could-be-tragic story at its core; but neither Nature nor Susanna's good nature wind up sullied. This is a beautiful performance of the work, led by Peter Neumann with tenderness and, when required, with great verve. Neumann makes only a few cuts, equaling about 10 minutes and approved by Handel for the work's 1759 revival. Nicholas McGegan's account on Harmonia Mundi is note-complete and just as handsomely played. His Susanna, Lorraine Hunt, wins over this set's Elisabeth von Magnus, but only by a hair; our present Joacim, Syste Buwalda, however, is better than McGegan's Drew Minter. And Neumann's two elders are even nastier than McGegan's. It's a really close call--either performance of this attractive work is to be recommended. --Robert Levine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Overture
  2. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Chorus - How Long, Oh Lord
  3. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative - (Joacim) Our Crimes Repeated
  4. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air (Joacim) - Clouds O'ertake The Brightest Day
  5. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative - (Susanna) Oh Joacim! When Thou Art By
  6. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Duet - (Susanna, Joacim) When Thou Art Nigh
  7. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative (Chelsias) - Lives There In Babylon
  8. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air (Chelsias) - Who Fears The Lord
  9. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative (Joacim) - A Flame Like Mine
  10. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air (Susanna) - Would Custom Bid The Melting Fair
  11. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative (Joacim, Susanna) - Source Of Each Joy
  12. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air (Joacim) - The Parent Bird In Search Of Food
  13. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative (Susanna) - On Joacim May Ev'ry Joy Attend
  14. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Accompagnato - (Susanna) What Means This Weight
  15. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air - (Susanna) Bending To The Throne Of Glory
  16. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Accompagnato (1st Elder) - Tyrannic Love!
  17. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air - (1st Elder) Ye Verdant Hills, Ye Balmy Vales
  18. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative - (2nd Elder, 1st Elder) Say, Is It Fit
  19. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air - (2nd Elder) The Oak That For A Thousand Years
  20. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Recitative - (1st Elder, 2nd Elder) Ye Winged Gales, Convey
  21. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Air - (1st Elder) When The Trumpet Sounds To Arms
  22. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act I - Chorus - Righteous Heav'n

Disc: 2

  1. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (Joacim) - Frost Nips The Flow'rs
  2. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (Joacim) - On Fair Euphrates' Verdant Side
  3. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (Susanna )- Lead Me, Oh Lead Me
  4. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (Susanna) - Chrystal Streams In Murmurs Flowing
  5. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (Susanna, Attendant) - Too Lovely Youth
  6. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (Attendant) - Ask If Yon Damask Rose Be Sweet
  7. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (Susanna, Attendant) - In Vain You Try
  8. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (Attendant) - Beneath The Cypress' Gloomy Shade
  9. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (Susanna, Attendant) - Thy Plaintive Strains
  10. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (1st Elder) - Blooming As The Face Of Spring
  11. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (2nd Elder, Susanna) - We Long Have Languish'd
  12. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (2nd Elder) - The Torrent That Sweeps
  13. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (Susanna, 2nd Elder) - Deceitful Wolves!
  14. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Trio (Susanna, 1st Elder, 2nd Elder) Away, Away!
  15. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Recitative (Susanna, 1st Elder, 2nd Elder) - Alas! I Find The Fatal Toils Are Set
  16. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (Susanna) - If Guiltless Blood Be Your Intent
  17. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Chorus - Let Justice Reign And Flourish
  18. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Reitative (Joacim) - Is Fair Susanna False?
  19. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Air (Joacim) - On The Rapid Whirlwhind's Wing
  20. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act II - Chorus - Oh Joacim, Thy Wedded Truth

Disc: 3

  1. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Chorus - The Cause Is Decided
  2. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (Susanna) - I Hear My Doom
  3. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Air (Susanna) - Faith Displays Her Rosy Wing
  4. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (1st Elder) - Permit Me, Fair
  5. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Air (1st Elder) - Round Thy Urn My Tears Shall Flow
  6. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (Susanna) - 'Tis Thus The Crocodile
  7. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Accompagnato (Susanna) - But You, Who See Me On The Verge Of Life
  8. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative - The Sentence Now Is Past (2nd & 1st Elder, Daniel)
  9. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Air (Daniel) - 'Tis Not Age's Sullen Face
  10. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (A Judge, Daniel) - Oh Wond'rous Youth
  11. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Chorus - Impartial Heav'n
  12. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (Daniel, 1st & 2nd Elder) - Thou Artful Wretch!
  13. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Air (Daniel) - Chastity, Thou Cherub Bright
  14. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (Susanna) - But See! My Lord
  15. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Air (Joacim)- Gold Within The Furnace Try'd
  16. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (Chelsias) - The Joyful News Of Chaste Susanna's Truth
  17. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Air (Chelsias, Susanna) - Raise Your Voice To Sounds Of Joy
  18. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Chorus - Bless'd Be The Day
  19. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (Susanna) - Hence Ev'ry Pang
  20. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Air (Susanna) - Guilt Trembling Spoke My Doom
  21. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Recitative (Joacim) - Sweet Are The Accents
  22. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Duet (Susanna, Joacim) - To My Chaste Susanna's Price
  23. Susanna Oratorio In 3 Parts HWV 66: Act III - Chorus - A Virtuos Wife


Product details

  • Performer: Kölner Kammerchor
  • Orchestra: Collegium Cartusianum
  • Conductor: Peter Neumann
  • Composer: G.F. Handel
  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: MD&G Records
  • ASIN: B00004NHPB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,126 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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