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Handel: Semele, Israel In Egypt, Zadok The Priest, La Resurrezione / Gardiner, Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque

Handel / Gardiner / Ebs / Koopman
Release Date: 02/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 469611  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert LloydDella JonesPatrizia KwellaAnthony Rolfe Johnson,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot GardinerTon Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi ChoirMonteverdi Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"For opera fans, the major attraction in this six-disc set dedicated to the works of Handel will likely be the 1981 recording of his English-language opera, Semele, with John Eliot Gardiner leading a strong cast of singers...especially Anthony Rolfe Johnson's commanding portrayal of Jupiter. For oratorio fans, the attractions will likely be the three-part oratorio, Israel in Egypt, the funeral anthem, The Ways of Zion do Mourn, and the coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, all with Gardiner leading the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra in performances of great weight and seriousness, recorded between 1976 and 1978. The concluding two discs include an angular but expressive 1990 account of Handel's early Italian oratorio La Resurrezione, with Read more Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, as well as a muscular performance of the Dixit Dominus from 1977, with Gardiner and the Monteverdi forces. The earlier stereo Gardiner choral recordings sound heavier and fuller than the more vivid recording of Semele, but they all sound dowdy compared with the light and air-filled digital recording of La Resurrezione. The set should be of strong interest to dedicated Handel fans." from - Jim Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Semele, HWV 58 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Lloyd (Bass), Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Kwella (Soprano),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Norma Burrowes (Soprano), Catherine Denley (Alto)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
2. Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andrew Tusa (Tenor), Michael Chance (Alto), Julian Clarkson (Bass),
Jonathan Peter Kenny (Alto), Patrick Collin (Countertenor), Nicholas Robertson (Tenor),
Ashley Stafford (Alto), Philip Salmon (Tenor), Paul Tindall (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; London, England 
3. Ways of Zion do mourn, HWV 264 "Funeral Anthem" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; London, England 
4. Coronation Anthems (4): no 1, HWV 258 "Zadok the priest" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; London, England 
5. La resurrezione, HWV 47 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Guy de Mey (Tenor), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Guillemette Laurens (Alto),
Klaus Mertens (Bass), Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; Italy 
6. Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Margaret Marshall (Soprano), John Angelo Messana (Countertenor), Alastair Thompson (Tenor),
Charles Brett (Countertenor), Felicity Palmer (Soprano), David Wilson-Johnson (Bass),
Richard Morton (Tenor), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Malcolm Hicks (Organ)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Italy 

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