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Handel Edition, Vol. 6: Belshazzar; Jephtha

Handel / Esswood / Hollweg / Concentus Musicus
Release Date: 02/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 4696116   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert TearFelicity PalmerMaureen LehanePaul Esswood,   ... 
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus MusicusStockholm Chamber ChoirArnold Schoenberg Choir
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“The particular strength of the Teldec reissue is its splendid cast, all of whom are technically outstanding, invest their every word with meaning and make recitatives fully alive. The titlerole is in fact one of the smallest, but Tear makes a burly, headstrong king, who handles the scene of the writing on the wall with fine dramatic instinct… Palmer is immensely moving… Esswood, as Daniel, impresses by the beauty of his tone and his command of long phrases; Lehane's brilliantly exuberant ornamentation, apparently improvisatory, marks her as a natural mistress of the style…and van der Bilt shows a rich voice throughout… The Stockholm Chamber Choir is firm-toned and tidy.” - Gramophone “The particular strength of the Teldec reissue is its splendid cast, all of whom are technically outstanding, invest their every word with meaning and make recitatives fully alive. The titlerole is in fact one of the smallest, but Tear makes a burly, headstrong king, who handles the scene of the writing on the wall with fine dramatic instinct… Palmer is immensely moving… Esswood, as Daniel, impresses by the beauty of his tone and his command of long phrases; Lehane's brilliantly exuberant ornamentation, apparently improvisatory, marks her as a natural mistress of the style…and van der Bilt shows a rich voice throughout… The Stockholm Chamber Choir is firm-toned and tidy.” - Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Belshazzar, HWV 61 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Felicity Palmer (Soprano), Maureen Lehane (Alto),
Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Peter Van der Bilt (Bass), Thomas Sunnegardh (Tenor),
Staffan Sandlund (Bass)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Length: 172 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Jephtha, HWV 70 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Glenys Linos (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Gale (Soprano),
Werner Hollweg (Tenor), Thomas Thomaschke (Bass), Gabriele Sima (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1752; London, England 

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