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Israel in Egypt - Handel

 
Israel in Egypt - Handel-Choir-Oratorio
ID: COR16011 (EAN: 828021601125)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2003
LABEL:
CORO
Collection:
Oratorio
Subcollection:
Choir
Composers:
HÄNDEL, Georg Friedrich
Ensembles:
Symphony of Harmony and Invention Orchestra | The Sixteen
Conductors:
CHRISTOPHERS, Harry
Other info:
Tracklist
 
HÄNDEL, Georg Friedrich (1685-1759) 
1. Now there arose a new king over Egypt0:27 
2. And the children of Israel sighed3:23 
3. Then sent He Moses0:32 
4. They loathed to drink of the river1:56 
5. Their land broght forth frogs2:21 
6. He spake the word1:58 
7. He gave them hailstones for rain2:12 
8. He sent a thick darkness over all the land3:21 
9. He smote all the first-born of Egypt2:16 
10. But as for His people4:12 
11. Egypt was glad when they departed3:16 
12. He rebuked the Red Sea0:40 
13. He led them through the deep1:19 
14. But the waters overwhelmed their enemies1:02 
15. And Israel saw that great work0:52 
16. And believed the Lord3:19 
17. Larghetto - Organ Concerto in F - HWV 2952:45 
18. Moses and the children of Israel0:57 
19. I will sing unto the Lord2:37 
20. He is my God0:52 
21. And I will exalt Him2:05 
22. The Lord is a man of war6:01 
23. The depths have covered them2:12 
24. Thy right hand, O Lord1:26 
25. And in the greatness of thine excellency0:34 
26. Thou sentest forth Thy wrath1:58 
27. And with the blast of Thy nostrils2:40 
28. The people shall hear6:15 
29. Largo - Organ Concerto in F - HWV 2952:12 
30. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever0:39 
31. For the horse of Pharaoh0:27 
32. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever0:40 
33. And Miriam the prophetess0:24 
34. Sing ye to the Lord3:35 

Review:
 

Of all Handel's great oratorios, Israel in Egypt is second only to messiah in drama. It is dominated by massive virtuosic choruses, making it the perfect piece for the sixteen, acknowledged by audiences and critics alike
It's not surprising that Israel in Egypt is much-performed. Hailstones and lightning, buzzing flies and leaping frogs, are all brilliantly evoked for choir and orchestra in a series of incisive choruses leading us excitedly through the plagues of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea as we follow Moses and the Children of Israel through the story of the Exodus. The epic nature of the story could not be more suited to Handel's genius for story-telling and drama.
This CD is based on the first published edition (1771), omitting five arias and two short choruses.
"As time goes by, I find Harry Christophers' music-making more and more captivating ."
BBC Radio 3, CD Review Nov 2002

"one of the great choirs of our day" - Gramophone.


 

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