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Handel: Israel In Egypt / Bostridge, Chance, Cleobury, Et Al

Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452295   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michael ChanceIan BostridgeStephen VarcoeLibby Crabtree,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg ConsortCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The oratorio 'Israel in Egypt' was a turning point in the career of George Frideric Handel. Prior to its 1739 composition, Handel's focus and fame rested on his Italian operas. 'Israel in Egypt' marks Handel's foray into the English baroque oratorio, the first in a series of great works that also included his 'Saul,' 'Messiah' and 'Solomon.'
Set to texts taken from the Old Testament of the Bible, the work is divided into three parts: "The Lamentations of the Israelites," "Exodus" and "Moses' Song." Handel's oratorio is a grand work where the chorus assumes the key dramatic role. This recording features the Kings College Choir of Cambridge, whose pure tone and technical agility make this a very exciting performance. The choir is ably
Read more supported by the Brandenburg Consort performing on period instruments. The epic dramatic moments, such as the descriptions of the plagues of Egypt, come off brilliantly, as do the more solo delicate arias. This is a vibrant performance of one the great works of the baroque. Read less

Works on This Recording

Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass),
Libby Crabtree (Soprano), Robert Ogden (Countertenor), Angela East (Cello),
Henry Herford (Bass), Alastair Ross (Harpsichord), James Vivian (Organ),
Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 125 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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