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Handel: Oratorio Arias / Adam Plachetka, baritone; Czech Baroque Ens.

Audio Samples

  1. Händel — Messiah, HWV 56: Recitativo accompagnato. Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Händel — Messiah, HWV 56: Aria: But Who May Abide $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Händel — Messiah, HWV 56: Recitativo accompagnato. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Händel — Messiah, HWV 56: Aria: The Trumpet Shall Sound $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Händel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Händel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Recitativo accompagnato. I Rage, I Melt, I Burn! $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Händel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Aria. O Ruddier Than the Cherry $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Händel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Recitativo. Whither, Fairest Art Thou Running $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Händel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Aria. Cease to Beauty $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Chorus. O Father, Whose Almighty Power $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Recitativo accompagnato. I Feel the Deity Within $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Aria. Arm Ye Brave - Chorus: We Come, in Bright Array $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Recitativo. Be Comforted $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Aria. The Lord Worketh Wonders $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Chorus. Fallen Is the Foe $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Recitativo. Enough! To Heaven We Leave $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Aria. With Pious Hearts $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Chorus. Sing unto God $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Aria. Rejoice, O Judah $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Händel — Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Chorus. Alleluia $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded at the Basilica of St. Prokop, Trebíc, August 31 - September 2, 2012.

The oratorios represent the apex of Händel's professional career and they even saved the composer when he was facing repeated crises of his operatic enterprise. These works of his have remained in the European repertoire and even if Händel hadn't written anything else, his Messiah alone would have earned him immortality. The program of this CD is made up of arias that Händel wrote in his oratorios for bass or bass-baritone - the vocal category embodying heroism, enduring faith and resolve. Adam Plachetka, a soloist of the Wiener Staatsoper, is an ideal singer to portray such Händel roles. A watershed in the artist's meteoric career came in September 2011, when Plachetka dazzled the Viennese audience in the title role of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni. On this recording, the soloist has a worthy partner: the superlative Czech Ensemble Baroque, conducted by Roman Válek, who prove beyond all doubt that Händel is not the exclusive preserve of the English.



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