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George Frideric Handel: Semele; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Zadok the Priest; La Resurrezione; Dixit

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>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54
>Handel, George Frideric : The Ways of Zion Do Mourn (Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline), for chorus & orchestra, HWV 264
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54
>Handel, George Frideric : The Ways of Zion Do Mourn (Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline), for chorus & orchestra, HWV 264
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
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Notes & Reviews:

Penguin Guide 3-star (on Dixit Dominus)
John Eliot Gardiner catches all its brilliance and directs an exhilarating performance, marked by strongly accented, sharply incisive singing from the choir and outstanding solo contributions.

Gramophone Magazine (on 'La Resurrezione')
Koopman re-creates something of the occasion in his colourful interpretation of Handel's orchestration and in his pacing of the work. The expressive and dulcet oboe tone produced by Ku Ebbinge and Michel Henry shines out again and again throughout - In the recitative ''Notte funesta'', Koopman creates a wonderful ensemble timbre with recorders, bass viol and organ, and the delicately poised organ pedal that begins ''Ferma l'ali'' creates a magical atmosphere that lasts to the end of the aria...



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>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
  • Performers: Maldwyn Davies (Tenor); Robert Lloyd (Bass); David Thomas (Bass); Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano); Timothy Penrose (Countertenor); Patrizia Kwella (Soprano); Elisabeth Priday (Soprano); Norma Burrowes (Soprano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 144 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54
  • Performers: Daryl Greene (Soprano); Julian Clarkson (Bass); Brian Gordon (Countertenor); Jean Knibbs (Soprano); Ashley Stafford (Countertenor); Maryilyn Troth; William Kendall (Tenor); Stephen Varcoe; Paul Elliot; Elisabeth Priday (Soprano); Charles Stewart (Photography); Christopher Royall (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 79 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : The Ways of Zion Do Mourn (Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline), for chorus & orchestra, HWV 264
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 36 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
  • Performers: Guy Mey (Voice); Barbara Schlick (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Klaus Mertens (Bass)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 105 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: John Messana (Countertenor); Charles Brett (Countertenor); Alastair Thompson; Margaret Marshall (Soprano); Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord); Malcolm Hicks (Organ); Richard Morton (Tenor); David Wilson-Johnson (Bass-Baritone); Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 34 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707