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The Power of Handel: Oratorio Highlights for Choir & Orchestra

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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Air. Why do the nations
>     Chorus. Let us break their bonds as under
>     Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven
>     Air. Thou shalt break them
>     Chorus. Hallelujah
>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua
>     Air & 'Thunderchoir'. Glory to God
>     Air. Shall I in Mamre's fertile plain
>     Chorus. For all these mercies we will sing
>     Air. Oh! had I Jubal's lyre
>     Chorus. The great Jehovah is our awful theme
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>     Chorus of Priests. Your harps and cymbals sound
>     Sinfonia. The arrival of the Queen of Sheba
>     Air & Chorus. Music spread thy voice around
>     Air. Now a diff'rent measure try
>     Chorus. Shake the dome
>     Recitative. Then at once from rage remove
>     Chorus. Draw the tear from hopeless love
>     Recitative. Next the tortur'd soul release
>     Air. Thus rolling surges rise
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>     Chorus of Jews. By slow degrees the wrath of God
>     Recitative. Where is the God of Judah's boasted pow'r
>     Recitative & Chorus. Help, help the king! Behold!
>     Recitative. Ye sages, welcome always to your king
>     Chorus of Wise Men. Alas, too hard a task the king imposes
>     Chorus of Babylonians. Oh misery! Oh terror, hopeless grief!
>     Soli & Chorus. Tell it out among the heathen
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>     Recitative. Already see, the daughters of the land
>     Chorus. Welcome mighty King
>     Accompagnato. What do I hear
>     Chorus. David his Ten Thousands slew
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>     Recitative. First perish thou; and perish all the world
>     Arioso. Let other creatures die
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>     Chorus. Awake the trumpet's lofty sound
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
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Notes & Reviews:

These live recordings are part of a cycle of oratorios and masses, performed in the basilica of Maulbronn Abbey under the direction of Jürgen Budday. The series combines authentically performed oratorios and masses with the optimal acoustics and atmosphere of this unique monastic church. This ideal location demands the transparency of playing and the interpretive unveiling of the rhetoric intimations of the composition, which is especially aided by the historically informed performance. The music is exclusively performed on reconstructed historical instruments, tuned in the pitch, which was customary during the composer's lifetime.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Air. Why do the nations
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Markus Schafer (Voice); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Chorus. Let us break their bonds as under
  • Performers: Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Markus Schafer (Voice); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven
  • Performers: Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Markus Schafer (Voice); Marek Rzepka (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Air. Thou shalt break them
  • Performers: Christopher Purves (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Markus Schafer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Chorus. Hallelujah
  • Performers: Christopher Purves (Bass); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Air & 'Thunderchoir'. Glory to God
  • Performer: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Air. Shall I in Mamre's fertile plain
  • Performer: James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Chorus. For all these mercies we will sing
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Air. Oh! had I Jubal's lyre
  • Performer: Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Chorus. The great Jehovah is our awful theme
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Chorus of Priests. Your harps and cymbals sound
  • Performers: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Sinfonia. The arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Air & Chorus. Music spread thy voice around
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Air. Now a diff'rent measure try
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Chorus. Shake the dome
  • Performers: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Recitative. Then at once from rage remove
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Chorus. Draw the tear from hopeless love
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Recitative. Next the tortur'd soul release
  • Performers: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Air. Thus rolling surges rise
  • Performers: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Chorus of Jews. By slow degrees the wrath of God
  • Performers: Miriam Allan (Soprano); André Morsch (Baritone); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Recitative. Where is the God of Judah's boasted pow'r
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); André Morsch (Baritone); Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Recitative & Chorus. Help, help the king! Behold!
  • Performers: André Morsch (Baritone); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Recitative. Ye sages, welcome always to your king
  • Performers: Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); André Morsch (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Chorus of Wise Men. Alas, too hard a task the king imposes
  • Performers: Miriam Allan (Soprano); André Morsch (Baritone); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Chorus of Babylonians. Oh misery! Oh terror, hopeless grief!
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); André Morsch (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Soli & Chorus. Tell it out among the heathen
  • Performers: Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); André Morsch (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Recitative. Already see, the daughters of the land
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Stephen Varcoe; Michael Berner (Tenor); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Chorus. Welcome mighty King
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Stephen Varcoe; Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Michael Berner (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Accompagnato. What do I hear
  • Performers: Stephen Varcoe; Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Michael Berner (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Chorus. David his Ten Thousands slew
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Stephen Varcoe; Michael Berner (Tenor); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Recitative. First perish thou; and perish all the world
  • Performers: Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo Soprano); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Stephen Varcoe; Julian Podger (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Arioso. Let other creatures die
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Chorus. Awake the trumpet's lofty sound
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); David Thomas (Bass); Sinéad Pratschke; Raimund Nolte (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Air & Chorus. Return, o God of Hosts
  • Performers: David Thomas (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Raimund Nolte (Bass); Sinéad Pratschke
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Duet. Sion now her head shall raise
  • Performers: Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Sinéad Pratschke; Christopher Purves (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Chorus. Tune your harps
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Sinéad Pratschke; Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Air & Chorus. Sound an alarm. We hear the pleasing dreadful call
  • Performers: Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Christopher Purves (Bass); Sinéad Pratschke
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Chorus. Sing unto God
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Christopher Purves (Bass); Sinéad Pratschke; Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Chorus. Hallelujah! Amen
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Sinéad Pratschke
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live