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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
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
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)
Cambridge King's College Choir
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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