Samson (Handel)  (Abravanel;   Jan Peerce, Phyllis Curtin, Louise Parker, Malcolm Smith)  (2-Vanguard 5084)
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Samson (Handel)  (Abravanel;   Jan Peerce, Phyllis Curtin, Louise Parker, Malcolm Smith)  (2-Vanguard 5084)
OP0261. SAMSON (Handel), recorded 1963, w.Abravanel Cond. Utah Symphony Orchestra, University of Utah Chorus; Jan Peerce, Phyllis Curtin, Louise Parker, Malcolm Smith, Jean Preston, Kenly Whitelock, Roy Samuelson, etc. 2-Vanguard 5084, recorded 1963, w.28pp Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 3351475084727


“This, in fact, is Mr. Abravanel's most successful Handel oratorio recording to date. As in his JUDAS MACCABAEUS and ISRAEL IN EGYPT, he uses the Utah Symphony and choristers from the University of Utah. This time, too, he has three outstanding soloists. The album is particularly noteworthy in Jan Peerce, its Samson. He has the virility, the depth of feeling and the dramatic projection the role needs. And although Mr. Peerce is not a large man, as he sings in the recording one gets the impression of physical power, which is all to the good. When one adds beautifully clear enunciation and a fine sense of Handelian style to the catalogue, one gets the almost ideal Samson. SAMSON has a particularly appealing character in the person of Micah, Samson's friend. The role is sung by Louise Parker, whose ‘Behold thy servant in his distress’ and whose final lament are among the high points. Then there is Dalilah. Here the recording is fortunate again, for it has Phyllis Curtin for the role. Her appealingly sensuous ‘My faith and truth, Oh Samson, prove’ is another highpoint. And since the scorned Dalilah is not a big part in this Miltonic version of the story, the recording uses Miss Curtin as the Philistine Woman who sings ‘Ye men of Gaza’ and as the Israelite Woman who sings perhaps the most famous aria of the work ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’. Miss Curtin is brilliant in both.”

- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 8 March, 1964