Handel: Oratorio Arias

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Many listeners were introduced to David Daniels when his first Virgin Classics disc, a program of Handel's opera arias, was released in 1998. Since then, the American countertenor has rocketed to stardom, appearing at many of the world's great opera houses, including New York's Metropolitan. All along the way, the music of Handel has played a major role. On this disc, Daniels gives us a survey of the composer's English oratorio arias. Everyone knows The Messiah, of course, and the program concludes with a gorgeous performance of "He Was Despised" that makes one impatient to hear the singer in a complete performance of this ever-popular work. The recital also ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Many listeners were introduced to David Daniels when his first Virgin Classics disc, a program of Handel's opera arias, was released in 1998. Since then, the American countertenor has rocketed to stardom, appearing at many of the world's great opera houses, including New York's Metropolitan. All along the way, the music of Handel has played a major role. On this disc, Daniels gives us a survey of the composer's English oratorio arias. Everyone knows The Messiah, of course, and the program concludes with a gorgeous performance of "He Was Despised" that makes one impatient to hear the singer in a complete performance of this ever-popular work. The recital also surveys lesser-known gems, from the assertive virtuosity of "Destructive War" from Belshazzar to the lyrical beauty of "The Raptured Soul" from Theodora. Didymus in Theodora is one of Daniels's favorite roles, in fact, and he includes four arias from the oratorio here, all of them memorable. With warmly affectionate, elegantly played accompaniment from an orchestra of modern instruments, led by the experienced Handelian John Nelson, and with typically crystalline sound quality from Virgin's engineers, this is a disc to treasure.
Gramophone - Hugh Canning
In excellent sound, this disc should prove as popular as Daniels' glorious best-selling Handel Opera Arias.
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Countertenors are America's hot new export item and David Daniels is their youthful doyen, an artist who combines taste and intelligence with imaginative intensity and a seductive radiance of tone.... Ostensibly it's a disc about Daniels's intimate mastery of the Handel style, but his confidence and generosity as an artist turn it into the kind of finely judged tribute to the composer which teaches something more about the music itself.

Countertenors are America's hot new export item and David Daniels is their youthful doyen, an artist who combines taste and intelligence with imaginative intensity and a seductive radiance of tone.... Ostensibly it's a disc about Daniels's intimate mastery of the Handel style, but his confidence and generosity as an artist turn it into the kind of finely judged tribute to the composer which teaches something more about the music itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724354549724
  • Catalog Number: 45497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Belshazzar, oratorio, HWV 61: Destructive War - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (2:28)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  2. 2 Belshazzar, oratorio, HWV 61: Oh sacred oracles of Truth - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (5:02)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  3. 3 Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Despair no more shall wound me - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (4:53)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  4. 4 Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Your tuneful voice - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (5:47)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  5. 5 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: The raptured soul - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (8:15)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  6. 6 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Deeds of kindness - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (7:16)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  7. 7 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Kind Heaven - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (5:40)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  8. 8 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Sweet rose and lily - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (2:51)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  9. 9 Saul, oratorio, HWV 53: Brave Jonathan - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:06)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  10. 10 Saul, oratorio, HWV 53: O Lord, whose mercies numberless - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:57)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  11. 11 Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Up the dreadful steep ascending - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:53)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  12. 12 Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Dull delay - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:20)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
  13. 13 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He was despised - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (10:49)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byDavid Daniels [countertenor]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Daniels [countertenor] Primary Artist
John Nelson Conductor
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris Performing Ensemble
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Handling Handel With Unparalleled Skill and Power

    If you need evidence on why David Daniels has been rising so fast as the leading countertenor voice today, you need only listen to this wonderfully recorded disc of Handel's oratorios, which captures him at full vocal power with amazing coloratura. Although the countertenor voice is generally described as androgynous and often effeminate because of the high range, Daniels has an intensely passionate style that actually sounds warmer and more masculine than one would think possible for such a voice type. Consequently, he is playing a pivotal role in broadening the audience significantly for Handel's wondrous music. Daniels' first solo recording in 1998 (strongly recommended) focused on Handel's Italian operas, while this one focuses on his English oratorios composed specifically for the concert stage. Except for the language difference, the distinction is not all that meaningful since both fully use Daniels' amazing interpretative powers to their maximum. On "The raptured soul" from "Theodora", for example, it's amazing how through his sheer virtuosity and deeply textured tessitura, he can make the repetition of six simple lines sound so compelling over an aria that lasts nearly nine minutes. Speaking of which, it's quite satisfying to have four arias from "Theodora" recorded here for posterity, as an aural reminder of his stunning performance as Didymus in Peter Sellars' legendary 1996 Glyndebourne staging of this oratorio (now available on DVD and also strongly recommended). Starting with a scale-swooping "Destructive war" from "Belshazzar", the entire program is mesmerizing with special mention going to "O Lord, whose mercies numberless" from "Saul" and "He was despised" from "Messiah". Conductor John Nelson and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris accompany Daniels beautifully and unobtrusively with modern (versus period) instruments, a smart decision giving the pieces a more contemporary feel. The end result is a recital to play again and again...at least until you have the opportunity to hear him live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacular and Sublime Handel from David Daniels

    While David Daniels' brilliant coloratura is in evidence in several numbers on this disc (a breathtaking "Destructive War," from Belshazzar, and "Despair no more shall wound me," from Semele), it's in the slower, more contemplative arias that his singing reaches the sublime. "He was despised" and "Oh Lord, whose mercies numberless" show Daniels at his incomparable best, with his unbelievable breath control, melting legato, and exquisite vocal coloring. This is the most instantly recognizable and beautiful voice before the public today.

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