Handel: Israel in Egypt

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Recorded at 2008 Grand River Baroque Festival and utilizing the Aradia Ensemble -- a group consisting of an orchestra of 27 players and a choir of 28 singers -- this performance is light but powerful, and lyrical but dramatic. Kevin Mallon favors quicker tempos but still builds to immense climaxes in the concluding choirs. Though predominantly a virtuoso choral work, the oratorio is also inherently dramatic, and Mallon keeps his eye on that aspect throughout. The seven plagues of Egypt depicted in Part Two are particularly effective. And though the climaxes are immense, Mallon still gives space for the soloists drawn from the chorus to show off their talents in the airs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Recorded at 2008 Grand River Baroque Festival and utilizing the Aradia Ensemble -- a group consisting of an orchestra of 27 players and a choir of 28 singers -- this performance is light but powerful, and lyrical but dramatic. Kevin Mallon favors quicker tempos but still builds to immense climaxes in the concluding choirs. Though predominantly a virtuoso choral work, the oratorio is also inherently dramatic, and Mallon keeps his eye on that aspect throughout. The seven plagues of Egypt depicted in Part Two are particularly effective. And though the climaxes are immense, Mallon still gives space for the soloists drawn from the chorus to show off their talents in the airs and recitatives. Tenor Bud Roach and soprano Jennie Such are particularly effective in their pair of airs in Part Three. Mallon's performance may not rank as high as such classic recordings as the buoyant Gardiner and the monumental Cleobury. By itself, however, Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble's "Israel in Egypt" is perfectly acceptable. Naxos' live digital sound is very bright and very atmospheric, but not very vivid.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313096671
  • Catalog Number: 8570966
  • Sales rank: 151,814

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–49 Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54 - George Frideric Handel & Nils Brown (118:53)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byKevin Mallon
    Performed byNils Brown, Kevin Mallon, Sean Watson, Aradia Ensemble, Ensemble Arcadia, Peter Mahon, Jennifer Enns Modolo, Laura Albino, Jason Nedecky, Eve Rachel McLeod, Bud Roach, Jennie Such
    1. 1Part 1. Symphony
    2. 2Part 1. Chorus. The sons of Israel do mourn
    3. 3Part 1. Chorus. How is the mighty fall'n 1
    4. 4Part 1. Chorus. He put on righteousness
    5. 5Part 1. Quartet. When the ear heard him
    6. 6Part 1. Chorus. How is the mighty fall'n 2
    7. 7Part 1. Duet and Chorus. He deliver'd the poor that cried
    8. 8Part 1. Chorus. How is the mighty fall'n 3
    9. 9Part 1. Quartet. The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance
    10. 10Part 1. Chorus. Their bodies are buried in peace
    11. 11Part 1. Chorus. The people will tell of their wisdom
    12. 12Part 1. Quartet. They shall receive a glorious kingdom
    13. 13Part 1. Chorus. The merciful goodness of the Lord endureth forever
    14. 14Part 2. Recitative. Now there arose a new king over Egypt
    15. 15Part 2. Alto Solo and Chorus. And the children of Israel sighed
    16. 16Part 2. Recitative. Then sent He Moses, His servant
    17. 17Part 2. Chorus. They loathed to drink of the river
    18. 18Part 2. Air. Their land brought forth frogs
    19. 19Part 2. Chorus. He spake the word
    20. 20Part 2. Chorus. He gave them hailstones for rain
    21. 21Part 2. Chorus. He sent a thick darkness over all the land
    22. 22Part 2. Chorus. He smote all the first-born of Egypt
    23. 23Part 2. Chorus. But as for his people, he led them forth like sheep
    24. 24Part 2. Chorus. Egypt was glad when they departed
    25. 25Part 2. Chorus. He rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up
    26. 26Part 2. Chorus. He led them through the deep
    27. 27Part 2. Chorus. But the waters overwhelmed their enemies
    28. 28Part 2. Chorus. And Israel saw that great work
    29. 29Part 2. Chorus. And believed the Lord and His servant Moses
    30. 30Part 3. Chorus. Moses and the children of Israel sung this song
    31. 31Part 3. Chorus. I will sing unto the Lord
    32. 32Part 3. Duet. The Lord is my strength and my song
    33. 33Part 3. Chorus. He is my God
    34. 34Part 3. Chorus. And I will exalt Him
    35. 35Part 3. Duet. The Lord is a man of war
    36. 36Part 3. Chorus. The depths have covered them
    37. 37Part 3. Chorus. Thy right hand, O Lord is become glorious
    38. 38Part 3. Chorus. And in the greatness of thin excellency
    39. 39Part 3. Chorus. Thou sentest forth thy wrath
    40. 40Part 3. Chorus. And with the blast of thy nostrils
    41. 41Part 3. Air. The enemy said, I will pursue
    42. 42Part 3. Chorus. Thou didst blow with the wind
    43. 43Part 3. Chorus. Who is like unto Thee, O Lord
    44. 44Part 3. Chorus. The earth swallowed them
    45. 45Part 3. Duet. Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth thy people
    46. 46Part 3. Chorus. The people shall hear, and be afraid
    47. 47Part 3. Air. Thou shalt bring them in
    48. 48Part 3. Chorus. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever 1 / Recitative. For the horse of Pharao went
    49. 49Part 3. Recitative. And Miriam the prophetess / Chorus and Soprano solo. Sing ye to the Lord
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Kevin Mallon Primary Artist
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