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The Power of Handel: Oratorio Highlights for Choir & Orchestra

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
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Notes & Reviews:

These live recordings are part of a cycle of oratorios and masses, performed in the basilica of Maulbronn Abbey under the direction of Jürgen Budday. The series combines authentically performed oratorios and masses with the optimal acoustics and atmosphere of this unique monastic church. This ideal location demands the transparency of playing and the interpretive unveiling of the rhetoric intimations of the composition, which is especially aided by the historically informed performance. The music is exclusively performed on reconstructed historical instruments, tuned in the pitch, which was customary during the composer's lifetime.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Air. Why do the nations
  • Performers: Markus Schafer (Voice); Christopher Purves (Bass); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Chorus. Let us break their bonds as under
  • Performers: Markus Schafer (Voice); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Christopher Purves (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Markus Schafer (Voice); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Christopher Purves (Bass); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marlis Petersen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Air. Thou shalt break them
  • Performers: Marek Rzepka (Bass); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Markus Schafer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Chorus. Hallelujah
  • Performers: Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Air & 'Thunderchoir'. Glory to God
  • Performer: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Air. Shall I in Mamre's fertile plain
  • Performer: James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Chorus. For all these mercies we will sing
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Air. Oh! had I Jubal's lyre
  • Performer: Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Chorus. The great Jehovah is our awful theme
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Chorus of Priests. Your harps and cymbals sound
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Sinfonia. The arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Air & Chorus. Music spread thy voice around
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Air. Now a diff'rent measure try
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Chorus. Shake the dome
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Recitative. Then at once from rage remove
  • Performers: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Chorus. Draw the tear from hopeless love
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Recitative. Next the tortur'd soul release
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Air. Thus rolling surges rise
  • Performers: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Chorus of Jews. By slow degrees the wrath of God
  • Performers: André Morsch (Baritone); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Recitative. Where is the God of Judah's boasted pow'r
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); André Morsch (Baritone); Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Recitative & Chorus. Help, help the king! Behold!
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); André Morsch (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Recitative. Ye sages, welcome always to your king
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); André Morsch (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Chorus of Wise Men. Alas, too hard a task the king imposes
  • Performers: André Morsch (Baritone); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Chorus of Babylonians. Oh misery! Oh terror, hopeless grief!
  • Performers: Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); André Morsch (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Soli & Chorus. Tell it out among the heathen
  • Performers: André Morsch (Baritone); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Recitative. Already see, the daughters of the land
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Stephen Varcoe; Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Michael Berner (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Chorus. Welcome mighty King
  • Performers: Michael Berner (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Stephen Varcoe; Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Accompagnato. What do I hear
  • Performers: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Stephen Varcoe; Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Michael Berner (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Chorus. David his Ten Thousands slew
  • Performers: Michael Berner (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Recitative. First perish thou; and perish all the world
  • Performers: Stephen Varcoe; Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo Soprano); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Arioso. Let other creatures die
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo Soprano); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Chorus. Awake the trumpet's lofty sound
  • Performers: Raimund Nolte (Bass); David Thomas (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Sinéad Pratschke
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 :: Air & Chorus. Return, o God of Hosts
  • Performers: Raimund Nolte (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Sinéad Pratschke; David Thomas (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Duet. Sion now her head shall raise
  • Performers: Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Sinéad Pratschke; Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Chorus. Tune your harps
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Sinéad Pratschke; Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Air & Chorus. Sound an alarm. We hear the pleasing dreadful call
  • Performers: Christopher Purves (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Sinéad Pratschke; Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Chorus. Sing unto God
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Christopher Purves (Bass); Sinéad Pratschke; Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Chorus. Hallelujah! Amen
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Sinéad Pratschke; Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Jürgen Budday
  • Ensemble: Maulbronner Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746
  • Studio/Live: Live