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Handel: Belshazzar / Jacobs, Kirk, Davies, Joshua, Sampson, Hammarstrom [Blu-ray]

Handel / Joshua / Sampson / Riac / Aamb / Jacobs
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 9809028  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kenneth TarverRosemary JoshuaVernon KirkKristina Hammarström,   ... 
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber ChorusAcademy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 46 Mins. 

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René Jacobs is masterful leading a stellar cast of soloists, the RIAS-Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik in a spectacular production of Handel's oratorio Belshazzar. Written in 1745, Belshazzar stands with Messiah as one of Handel's finest efforts in the genre. Based on a libretto by Charles Jennens, the story, from the book of Daniel, recounts the fall of Babylon at the hands of the Persian prince Cyrus who brought Belshazzar's tyrannical reign to an end - an eternally relevant story with
Read more significant current resonance. Featured soloists include countertenor Bejun Mehta, a rising star in the world's opera houses and concert halls.

Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: French, German
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
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Works on This Recording

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Belshazzar, HWV 61 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kenneth Tarver (Tenor), Rosemary Joshua (Soprano), Vernon Kirk (Tenor),
Kristina Hammarström (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Wilberforce (Countertenor), Andrew Radley (Countertenor),
Christina Sampson (Soprano), Lucy Taylor (Mezzo Soprano), Neal Davies (Bass Baritone),
Andrew Davies (Bass), Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 

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