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Handel: Occasional Oratorio / Arman, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

Release Date: 07/07/2017 
Label:  Br Klassik   Catalog #: 900520  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter HarveyBen JohnsonJulia Doyle
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio ChorusAcademy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For his ''Occasional Oratorio'', composed in 1746 in an age of personal and political upheaval, Handel made generous use of much of his own earlier material, and this resulted in something quite close to an anthology: a choice collection of his most beautiful and most famous pieces - as it were, a ''Best Of''. The ''Messiah'' librettist Charles Jennens complained loudly that the oratorio was ''a triumph for a victory not yet gain'd'', and that its libretto, by a certain Newburgh Hamilton, was an ''inconceivable jumble of John Milton and Edmund Spenser''. Nevertheless, the ''Occasional Oratorio'' offers the modern listener magnificent and largely familiar melodies, highly virtuosic Baroque arias, moving choruses and, above all, a magnificent Read more Late Baroque sound that, in this extremely compact score, is quite unique. Audiences at the time probably considered this to be ''Handel at his best'', and today's public doubtlessly shares that opinion. This virtuoso and colorful interpretation, recorded recently on February 11, 2017 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, was an exemplary success, delighting the audience and the trade press alike. Howard Arman conducted the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Akademie fur Alte Music Berlin with its historically informed performance practice, and a line-up of highly talented English soloists. Read less

Works on This Recording

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone), Ben Johnson (Tenor), Julia Doyle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Howard Arman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; London, England 

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