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Handel: La Resurrezione / Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Handel's first oratorio (a sacred opera seria, really) is loaded with goodies that excite musicians and audiences alike: glittering coloratura spectaculars, showy boasts for Lucifer, grave laments, sweet elegies, plenty of pictorial instrumental effects, and the tuneful, emotionally complex, central role of Mary Magdalene. Marc Minkowski and his forces have stiff competition, especially from Christopher Hogwood's old L'Oiseau-Lyre recording, featuring Kirkby and Kwella at their very best. Massis as the Angel is Kirkby's equal; Maguire and Naouri fill their music with skill and passion; Ainsley makes the potentially sleepy role of St. John mouth-wateringly beautiful.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jennifer Smith , Annick Massis (soprano); Linda Maguire (mezzo soprano); John Mark Ainsley (tenor); Laurent Naouri (bass voice).

Recording information: Salle Wagram, Paris (04/1995).


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>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Linda Maguire (Mezzo Soprano); Annick Massis (Soprano); Laurent Naouri (Baritone); Jennifer Smith
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Running Time: 92 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708