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The Power of Handel: Oratorio Highlights for Choir & Orchestra

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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Air. Why do the nations
>     Chorus. Let us break their bonds as under
>     Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven
>     Air. Thou shalt break them
>     Chorus. Hallelujah
>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua
>     Air & 'Thunderchoir'. Glory to God
>     Air. Shall I in Mamre's fertile plain
>     Chorus. For all these mercies we will sing
>     Air. Oh! had I Jubal's lyre
>     Chorus. The great Jehovah is our awful theme
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>     Chorus of Priests. Your harps and cymbals sound
>     Sinfonia. The arrival of the Queen of Sheba
>     Air & Chorus. Music spread thy voice around
>     Air. Now a diff'rent measure try
>     Chorus. Shake the dome
>     Recitative. Then at once from rage remove
>     Chorus. Draw the tear from hopeless love
>     Recitative. Next the tortur'd soul release
>     Air. Thus rolling surges rise
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>     Chorus of Jews. By slow degrees the wrath of God
>     Recitative. Where is the God of Judah's boasted pow'r
>     Recitative & Chorus. Help, help the king! Behold!
>     Recitative. Ye sages, welcome always to your king
>     Chorus of Wise Men. Alas, too hard a task the king imposes
>     Chorus of Babylonians. Oh misery! Oh terror, hopeless grief!
>     Soli & Chorus. Tell it out among the heathen
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>     Recitative. Already see, the daughters of the land
>     Chorus. Welcome mighty King
>     Accompagnato. What do I hear
>     Chorus. David his Ten Thousands slew
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>     Recitative. First perish thou; and perish all the world
>     Arioso. Let other creatures die
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
>     Chorus. Awake the trumpet's lofty sound
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

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); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Marek Rzepka (Bass)
  • 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); Christopher Purves (Bass); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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: Miriam Allan (Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Markus Schafer (Voice); Marek Rzepka (Bass)
  • 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: Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Markus Schafer (Voice); Miriam Allan (Soprano)
  • 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: Margot Oitzinger (Mezzo Soprano); Marek Rzepka (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • 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: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass)
  • 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: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor)
  • 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: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (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: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor)
  • 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: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); 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: 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 :: Chorus. Draw the tear from hopeless love
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); Laurie Reviol (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: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); 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 :: Air. Thus rolling surges rise
  • Performers: Steffen Balbach (Bass); Julian Podger (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Laurie Reviol (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: 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 :: 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: 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 Wise Men. Alas, too hard a task the king imposes
  • 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 Babylonians. Oh misery! Oh terror, hopeless grief!
  • Performers: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); 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: Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Miriam Allan (Soprano); André Morsch (Baritone)
  • 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); Michael Berner (Tenor); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Stephen Varcoe; Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • 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: Laurie Reviol (Soprano); Michael Berner (Tenor); Stephen Varcoe; Steffen Balbach (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • 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); Michael Berner (Tenor); Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
  • 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: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Steffen Balbach (Bass); Michael Berner (Tenor); 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; Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo 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: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Julian Podger (Tenor); Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo 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: Sinéad Pratschke; David Thomas (Bass); Raimund Nolte (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor)
  • 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: David Thomas (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Raimund Nolte (Bass); Sinéad Pratschke
  • 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: Sinéad Pratschke; Christopher Purves (Bass); Marc LeBrocq (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Sinéad Pratschke; 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