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Handel: Samson - Catherine Wyn-Rogers (alto); Jonathan Best (bass); Lynda Russell (soprano); Lynne Dawson (soprano); Mark Padmore (tenor);...
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  1. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57
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Handel's oratorios don't get any better than Samson. Composed directly after Messiah, Samson is a tragedy of Biblical proportions with standout roles for the soloists, wonderfully effective parts for the chorus, and brilliant scoring for the orchestra. In its day, Samson was one of Handel's most popular works, and it remained so up through the early years of the twentieth century when Samson, like nearly all Handel's other oratorios, was eclipsed by the overwhelming popularity of Messiah and the singlemindedness of the ...