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Händel: Joshua, oratorio / Kenneth Tarver, Tobias Berndt, Renata Pokupic, Anna Dennis, Joachim Duske. NDR Chor, Cummings

Audio Samples

  1. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Aria. Oh! Who Can Tell, Oh! Who Can Hear $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Recitative. Caleb, Attend To All I Now Prescribe $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: To Long Posterity We Here Record $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Recitative. So Long the Memory Shall Last $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Recitative. But, Who Is He? Tremendous to Behold! $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Aria. Awful, Pleasing Being Say $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Recitative. Leader of Israel $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Recitative. To Give Command, Prerogative Is Thine $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Aria. Haste, Israel, Haste $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: The Lord Commands, and Joshua Leads $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Recitative. in These Blest Scenes $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Duet. Our Limpid Streams with Freedom Flow $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act I: Recitative. The Trumpet Calls; Now Jericho Shall Know $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: A Solemn March During the Circumvention of the Ark of the Covenant $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Glory to God! $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Aria. See, the Raging Flames Arise $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Aria. To Vanity and Earthly Pride $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Aria. Almighty Ruler of the Skies $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Recitative. Whence This Dejection? $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Aria. With Redoubled Rage Return $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Recitative. Now Give the Army Breath; Let War a While $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Aria. Heroes, When with Glory Burning $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Aria. Nations, Who in Future Story $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Recitative. Brethren and Friends, What Joy $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Flourish of Warlike Instruments $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act II: Chorus. O Thou Bright Orb, Great Ruler of the Day $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act III: Hail, Mighty Joshua, Hail! $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act III: Aria. Happy, Oh, Thrice Happy We $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Joshua, HWV 64, Act III: Recitative. Caleb, for Holy Eleazer Send $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 22nd March 2015
Not the deepest of dramas, it contains much strong martial music, while the contrived love interest gives rise to touching numbers. Cummings directs a compelling live performance.

Joshua is one of four so-called 'victory' oratorios Handel composed in the late 1740s, which commemorate the defeat of the 1745-46 Jacobite Rebellion. It takes as its subject matter the biblical story of Joshua, who roused his people to a sequence of divinely aided victories. The oratorio remained a favorite with English and continental audiences until well after Handel's death. This recording, taken from live performances, features a superb cast of soloists supported by the Festspiel Orchester Göttingen, conducted from the harpsichord by Laurence Cummings.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
The oratorio crackles alarm at a theatrical pace. The Göttingen Festival Orchestra perform with marvellous flexibility...the orchestra prefer solemnity over mere bellicosity in the grand march illustrating the circumvention of the Ark of the Covenant... It's easy to see why Handel's knockout blow impressed Haydn, who heard it at Westminster Abbey in 1791.

Early Music Review, June 2015
As always, Cumming's pacing of the music is so incredibly well judged that both narrative and music flow unimpeded. A real joy both in terms of content and interpretation.

Early Music Today, June/August 2015
[Cummings] is a persuasive Handelian with a lively stylistic sense to which the excellent instrumentalists respond with warmth and immediacy.

MusicWeb International, 16th June 2015
The chorus are all-important in this work, and the NDR Chor do not disappoint, with very good English and flexible singing that responds fittingly to every situation. The occasional orchestra are also great, the trumpets and drums revelling in the full ceremonial moments of the battles, and the various instrumental solos sounding very good...Cummings directs the whole thing with an unfailing ear for the drama but never losing sight of the music's beauty.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Overall, Palmer offered energy and a certain dramatic feeling. Cummings seems to me to strike a good balance in a pacing of propulsive energy and carefully judged shaping. His Gottingen choir and orchestra know their Handel and deliver strongly. This recording was made, by the way, at a public performance, as the excessive applause at the end of each disc all too- vividly attests. I can recommend this new one as musically satisfying. The ideally cast recording is yet to come.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stadthalle Göttingen, Germany (05/29/2014).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Ensemble: NDR Chor
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 99 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747