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Your Tuneful Voice: Handel Oratorio Arias from Solomon, Jephtha, Esther, Belshazzar et al. / Iestyn Davies, countertenor

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar
>Handel, George Frideric : The Triumph of Time and Truth
>Handel, George Frideric : Esther
>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander Balus
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Handel, George Frideric : Birthday Ode for Queen Anne
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : The Choice of Hercules
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>Handel, George Frideric : Israel in Egypt
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies and The King's Consort perform an outstanding programme of Handel arias from some of the composer's finest oratorios.

Eleven varied solo arias include 'O sacred oracles of truth', the delicate 'Tune your harps', 'Eternal source of light' (with supreme trumpet playing from Crispian Steele-Perkins), the melodious 'Your tuneful voice' and the virtuoso 'Mighty love now calls to arm', as well as rarities including 'On the valleys, dark and cheerless' and an especial jewel, 'Mortals think that Time is sleeping'.

Iestyn is joined in two glorious duets by soprano Carolyn Sampson, including the ecstatic 'Welcome as the dawn of day' and the ghostly 'Who calls my parting soul from death'.

Recorded in the perfect acoustic of Menuhin Hall with a large and colorful orchestra, that who also contributes two splendid overtures.

36 page booklet with authoritative liner note (in three languages) by renowned Handel scholar Donald Burrows, together with full texts, and 16 photos from the recordings. Packaged in a beautiful digipack.

High-quality video including live performances and interviews with major artists recorded at the sessions is available and is being released on major internet channels in January 2014.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar :: O sacred oracles of truth
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : The Triumph of Time and Truth :: Mortals think that Time is sleeping
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1757

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther :: Tune your harps to cheerful strains
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Rachel Chaplin (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander Balus :: Mighty love now calls to arm
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1747

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Overture. [Grave] - Allegro - [Grave]
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Overture. Menuet
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Birthday Ode for Queen Anne :: Eternal source of light divine
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Welcome as the dawn of day
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell
  • Performers: Kati Debretzeni (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : The Choice of Hercules :: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Up the dreadful steep ascending
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Overture. Andante - Adagio
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Overture. Allegro - Adagio
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Overture. Menuetto
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Israel in Egypt :: Thou shalt bring them in
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther :: Who calls my parting sould from death
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : The Triumph of Time and Truth :: On the valleys, dark and cheerless
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1757

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther :: How can I stay when love invites
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718