Notes & Reviews:
The brand-new label from one of the world's finest early music ensembles makes an auspicious début with this stunning new recording of Handel's oratorio Belshazzar. Les Arts Florissants, led by the great William Christie, have launched their new label with the goal of expanding the ensemble's connection to the listening public. First performed in 1745, Belshazzar was frequently revised. Christie has chosen what he considers to be the most successful of the various versions, resulting in the restoration of the piece in all its splendor. This deluxe set also includes a bonus essay by Jean Echenoz entitled In Babylon, printed separately on special paper and included alongside the regular booklet. This specially commissioned work draws the reader deep into the ancient, majestic city, the seat of power of Belshazzar the King.
The music-making that takes place under Christie's baton could hardly be bettered...
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
One of the most important elements of this recording: not only the conducting of William Christie, but this release as the launching of his organization's own record label. It's an auspicious launching, by and large. Christie is delighted to welcome into this performance a lot of past and present participants in his important training program, and they do sing and play lustily. I often find Christie's leadership, especially in Handel, more devoted to steady flow than dramatic highlighting. No one will be disappointed in Christie's new recording, which I admit I did enjoy. This debut release is handsomely packaged in a slipcase. The holder for the discs is the newest bit of wild imagination I have seen in such things. The main booklet contains full text and some careful essays.
Recording information: Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Levallois-Perret (12/19/2012-12/21/2012).
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
- Conductor: William Christie
- Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
- Notes: Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Levallois-Perret (12/19/2012-12/21/2012)
- Running Time: 140 min. 48 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1744