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Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day / Funfgeld, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Release Date: 10/26/2018 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29541  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Cassandra LemoineBenjamin Butterfield
Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of BethlehemBach Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The oldest Bach choir in the United States, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem celebrates its 120th birthday in 2018. Since its founding in 1898, the now famous choir has attracted thousands of visitors from across the United States and beyond to the annual Bethlehem Bach Festival in Pennsylvania. According to a note on the score, the Song for Saint Cecilia’s Day (HWV 76) – usually referred to as the Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day – took just 10 days to compose, between September 15 and 24, 1739. The Ode is not an oratorio but rather a sequence of movements, comprising instrumental pieces, declarative recitatives, expressive arias, and powerful choruses that extol music and its patron saint. With Cassandra Lemoine, Benjamin Butterfield & The Bach Read more Festival Orchestra, directed by Greg Funfgeld, this is a glorious release. Read less

Works on This Recording

Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Cassandra Lemoine (Soprano), Benjamin Butterfield (Tenor)
Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem,  Bach Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 

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