Samson HWV 57

Composer: Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
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Composer: Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)

Performance date: 05/07/2018

Venue: St. Brendan’s Church

Composition Year: 1741

Duration: 00:05:06

Recording Engineer: Ciaran Cullen, RTÉ

Instrumentation Category:Baroque Ensemble

Instrumentation Other: baroque ensemble

Artists: 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]) - [baroque ensemble]

Samson HWV 57 [1741]

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.

Norah O’Leary