An Oratorio by HANDEL
FLORENCE HOLDING (Soprano) : GLADYS PALMER (Contralto) ; TOM PICKERING (Tenor) : JOSEPH FARRINGTON (Bass) ; THE STATION REPERTORY CHORUS and ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS.
HANDEL was sixty-one when, in 1746, he composed Judas Maccabœus. Actually, it commemorated Culloden and the victories of the Duke of Cumberland over the Young Pretender, though ostensibly it celebrated the triumphs of the Israelitish hero. Judas Maccabæus, whose exploits are recorded in the Apocrypha.
The Oratorio is in three parts.
The FIRST PART opens with an Overture in two linked portions, the first slow and dignified, the second spirited.
We find the Israelites bewailing their defeats and the loss of their leader.
Simon bids the people cry to God. Here is sung the Chorus, often given apart from the Oratorio, 0 Father, whose almighty power.
Simon prophesies that Judas Maccabæus shall lead Israel to victory, and sings th? well-known Arm, arm, ye brave.
Judas undertakes the great responsibility, and the closing numbers of this Part are expressions of confidence in God's power to give victory.
In the SECOND PART the Israelitish warriors return triumphant, and the praises of Judas are sung. The hero thanks his brethren, and reminds them, in the Air How vain is man, that they owe thanks to God.
A messenger now brings news that fresh hosts are advancing against them. Judas sings the famous Sound an alarm, and goes again to meet the foe, whilst an Israelitish Man and Woman urge the people to put away idols.
PART THREE opens with the prayers of the people. The messenger brings tidings of victory and there follows the triumphal See, the conquering hero comes.
A league of amity with Rome has been concluded, we are told. Here is placed the Duet 0 lovely peace, and with a Chorus of Hallelujah, Amen the work is concluded.
From the Studio
Hymn, ' Souls of Men, why will ye Scatter '
(A. and M. 634)
Bible Reading. Ecciesiastes xi and xii, verse 1 Psalm 23
Hymn. ' Praise to the Holiest in the Height '
'(A. and M. 172)
Address by the Rev. F. H. GILLINGHAM , Rector of St. Margarets',
Lpe Hymn , ' Dear Lord and Father of Mankind'
(Congregational H.B., 336)
Blossing Vesper , Hymn 163 (A. and M.) verse 3
Rev. F. H.