Handel: Israel in Egypt

Handel: Israel in Egypt

by Anthony Bramall
     
 

Great chorus, weak soloists: thank heaven Handel's oratorio "Israel in Egypt," like his oratorio "Messiah," is more a work for chorus with orchestra and vocal soloists than, like most of his other oratorios, a work for vocal soloists with orchestra and chorus. From a choral point of view, this 2006 recording by the See more details below

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Great chorus, weak soloists: thank heaven Handel's oratorio "Israel in Egypt," like his oratorio "Messiah," is more a work for chorus with orchestra and vocal soloists than, like most of his other oratorios, a work for vocal soloists with orchestra and chorus. From a choral point of view, this 2006 recording by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is indeed superlative. The international chorus sings with surprising unanimity, amazing cohesion, and impressive diction. The "How is the might fall'n" in Part 1, the "And Israel saw that great work" in Part 2, and especially the climactic "Sing ye to the Lord" in Part 3 are as strong and supple as either of the two finest earlier recordings (John Eliot Gardiner's 1978 or 1993 recordings both with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra). Unfortunately, while the conducting of Anthony Bramall and the playing of the Orchester der Deutschen Händel-Solisten are both fully equal to the chorus, the soloists here range from the slightly better than acceptable to the nearly unendurable, and though "Israel in Egypt" is predominantly a work for chorus with orchestra and vocal soloists, the uneven contribution really drags down the overall quality of the performance. Brilliant's sound is crisp, clear, and deep.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
Label:
Brilliant Classics
UPC:
0842977031317
catalogNumber:
93131
Rank:
99513

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  1. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54  - George Frideric Handel  - Anthony Bramall  - Timothy Mead  -  Chamber Choir of Europe  - Bernhard Berchtold  - Antonia Bourvé  - Susanne Cornelius  - Mika Kares  -  Orchester der Deutschen Händel-Solisten  -  Klemens Sander

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