Handel: Israel In Egypt

> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Moses and the children of Israel sung this song (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Duet: The Lord is my strength and my song (Soprano 1 Soprano 2)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": He is my God (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Duet: The Lord is a man of war (Bass 1, Bass 2)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Thy right hand, O Lord is become glorious (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": And with the blast of thy nostrils (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": The enemy said, I will pursue (Tenor)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Thou didst blow with the wind (Soprano)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Who is like unto Thee, O Lord (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": The people shall hear (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Thou shalt bring them in (Alto)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": The Lord shall reign for ever and ever (Soprano, Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part III, "Moses Song": Sing ye to the Lord (Soprano, Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: And the children of Israel sighed (Alto, Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: Recitative: Then sent He Moses (Tenor)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: They loathed to drink of the river (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: Aria: Their land brought forth frogs (Alto)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: He spake the word (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: He gave them hailstones for rain (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: He sent a thick darkness over all the land (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: He smote all the first-born of Egypt (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: But as for his people (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: He rebuked the Red Sea (Chorus)
> Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 - Part II: And Israel saw that great work (Chorus)

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Georg Friedrich Handel's great choral oratorio, "Israel in Egypt" is the most valuable gift the composer ever gave to choral music. The chorus functions as protagonist in this powerful work, which tells the Old Testament story of Exodus with telling dramatic intensity. Two multiple prize-winning, major ensemble, Concerto Koln, the well known period instrument ensemble and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, joined forces for the first time in November of 2008. This live recording features the original three-part version from 1739.

"This is a notoriously tricky score to bring off. Part I can become monotonous in unsympathetic hands, and finding a balance between the strength and power required by the great assemblage of magnificent choral numbers and the demands of period integrity is hard to achieve...The Concerto Koln is a tried and true period-instrument band. While only Joshua and Van Rensburg have name identity, all the soloists are admirable, though their functions are minimal in this work...Generally this is one of the most effective and pleasing performances of Part I that I can recall, and the whole production bespeaks commitment." - American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Prinzregententheater, München (11/28/2008-11/29/2008).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54
  • Performers: Max Hanft (Organ); Christoph Lehmann (Organ); Harald Hoeren (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Notes: Prinzregententheater, München (11/28/2008-11/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 94 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738