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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 

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