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Handel: Alexander's Feast / Abraham, Balestrieri, Et Al


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 20604   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David NewmanAmanda BalestrieriScott Cameron
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel Choir of BaltimoreBach Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“...a performance that demonstrates the integrity with which the group approaches their work...Abraham paces his orchestra perfectly, carefully supporting the singers and chorus.”
—Early Music America

“Abraham has memorialized an interpretation of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast that can proudly reside in the CD racks along with the bigger names of English Baroque music.”
—Choral Journal

This recording contains a beautiful mingling of Handel's lush cantata with a recently discovered, unique Bach aria. The Bach Sinfonia and the Handel Choir of Baltimore capture the triumphant splendor of Handel's setting of John Dryden's ode to Alexander the Great. Discovered in the spring of 2005 by musicologist Michael Maul,
Read more the ensembles hand the honour of performing Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn for the American Musicological Society. Daniel Abraham and Melinda O'Neal's ensemble collaboration is one of the first to record and disseminate this exciting newfound work of J.S. Bach. Based out of Maryland, The Bach Sinfonia is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exposure and portrayal of eighteenth-century music. Well into its eleventh season, Sinfonia has become known not only for their incredible unity of performance prowess, but also for their emphasis on public education of early music. Striving for the perfect unity of these two ideas, The Bach Sinfonia endeavors to create a different production than the standard classical concert, granting each audience member wonderful entertainment, as well as a uniquely invigorating learning experience. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75 "Ode for St Cecilia's Day" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Newman (Baritone), Amanda Balestrieri (Soprano), Scott Cameron (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel Choir of Baltimore,  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
2.
Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn Ihn, BWV 1127 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Newman (Baritone), Amanda Balestrieri (Soprano), Scott Cameron (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel Choir of Baltimore,  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Overture: Maestoso - Allegro non troppo - Andante
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Recitative: Twas at the Royal Feast (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Air: Happy, happy, happy pair (Tenor, Soprano, Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Recitative: Timotheus, plac'd on high (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Accompanied Recitative: The song began from Jove (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: The list'ning Crowd admire the lofty Sound (Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Air: With ravish'd ears (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: The list'ning Crowd admire the lofty Sound (Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Recitative: The praise of Bacchus, then, the sweet Musician sung (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Air: Bacchus, ever Fair and Young (Bass, Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Recitative: Sooth'd with the sound, the King grew vain (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Accompanied Recitative: He chose a mournful Muse (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Air: He sung Darius Great and Good (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Accompanied Recitative: With downcast Looks the joyless Victor sate (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Behold Darius, Great and Good (Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Recitative: The mighty Master smil'd to see (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Accompanied Recitative: Softly sweet, in Lydian Measures (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Air: War, he sung, is Toil and Trouble (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: The Many rend the Skies (Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: Air: The Prince, unable to conceal his Pain (Soprano)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part I: The Many rend the Skies (Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Accompanied Recitative: Now Strike the Golden Lyre again (Tenor, Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Air: Revenge, Revenge, Timotheus cries (Bass)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Accompanied Recitative: Give the Vengeance due to the valiant crew (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Air: The Princes applaud with a furious Joy (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Air: Thais led the way (Soprano, Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Accompanied Recitative: Thus long ago, ere heaving bellows learn'd to blow (Tenor)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: At last Divine Cecilia came (Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Recitative: Let old Timotheus yield the Prize (Tenor, Bass)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Let old Timotheus yield the Prize (Chorus)
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II: Your voices tune, and raise them high (Chorus)
Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn, BWV 1127

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