Composer: Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
Performance date: 05/07/2018
Venue: St. Brendan’s Church
Composition Year: 1741
Recording Engineer: Ciaran Cullen, RTÉ
Instrumentation Category:Baroque Ensemble
Instrumentation Other: baroque ensemble
Camerata Øresund (Ida Lorenzen [violin], Tinne Albrechtsen [violin], Alison Luthmers [vioin], Rastko Roknic [viola], Hanna Loftsdóttir [cello], Joakim Peterson [double bass], Dohyo Sol [lute], Magdalena Karolak [oboe], Marcus Mohlin [harpsicord]) -
Samson HWV 57 
Aria: Let the Bright Seraphim in Burning Row
Handel’s Samson is one of his most widely successful oratorios, containing three acts. It depicts the biblical story of Samson of Israel during his time with the Philistines. Towards the end of the Oratorio after Samson has died along with the destruction of his enemies, Manoah, Samson’s father, calls upon the people to cease their grieving and lamentations. The sense of triumph is expressed in Let the Bright Seraphim in Burning Row, a magnificent da capo aria for soprano and piccolo trumpet. The aria is characterised by joyousness, brilliance and lofty melismatic inspiration. The vocal and trumpet lines alternate in the introduction and reinforcement of the melody. Moments of unison and parallel thirds between the two lines depicting the relationship between Seraphim and the golden trumpets used to convey the works and word of God.
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