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Handel: The Occasional Oratorio, HWV62

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900520

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2

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30th June 2017

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2 hours 17 minutes

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Handel: The Occasional Oratorio, HWV62

World premiere recording of the Oratorio according to the Neue Hallische Handel edition, Herkulessaal , Munich, 11.02.2017


Julia Doyle (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor) & Peter Harvey (baritone)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Howard Arman

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For his Occasional Oratorio, composed in 1746 in an age of personal and political upheaval, Handel made generous use of much of his own earlier material, and this resulted in something quite close to an anthology: a choice collection of his most beautiful and most famous pieces – a 'Best Of', as it were. The Messiah librettist Charles Jennens complained loudly that the oratorio was "a triumph for a victory not yet gain'd", and that its libretto, by a certain Newburgh Hamilton, was an "inconceivable jumble of John Milton and Edmund Spenser". Nevertheless, the Occasional Oratorio offers the modern listener magnificent and largely familiar melodies, highly virtuosic Baroque arias, moving choruses and, above all, a magnificent Late Baroque sound that, in this extremely compact score, is quite unique. Audiences at the time probably considered this to be 'Handel at his best', and today's public doubtlessly shares that opinion. This virtuoso and colourful interpretation, recorded recently on February 11, 2017 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, was an exemplary success, delighting the audience and the trade press alike. Howard Arman conducted the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Akademie für Alte Music Berlin with its historically informed performance practice, and a line-up of highly talented English soloists. This concert recording is also the world's first recording of the Occasional Oratorio according to the historically researched and edited score of the Neue Hallische Handel edition.

Georg Friedrich Händel: Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: Overture (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Why Do the Gentiles Tumult (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Let Us Break Off by Strength of Hand (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Oh Lord, How Many Are My Foes (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Him or His God We Not Fear (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Jehovah, to My Words Give Ear (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Him or His God We Scorn to Fear (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: The Highest, Who in Heav'n Doth Dwell (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Oh, Who Shall Pour into My Swollen Eyes (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Fly from the Threat'ning Vengeance, Fly (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Humbled with Fear (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: His Scepter Is the Rod of Righteousness (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Be Wise at Length (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Of Many Millions the Populous Rout (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Jehovah Is My Shield, My Glory (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: Fools or Madmen Stand (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: God Found Them Guilty (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: Oh Liberty, Thou Choicest Treasure (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: Who Trusts in God (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: Prophetic Visions Strike My Eye (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: May God, from Whom All Mercies Spring (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: The Lord Hath Heard My Pray'r (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: Then Will I Jehovah's Praise (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: All His Mercies Shall Endure (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: How Great and Many Perils Do Enfold (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: After Long Storms and Tempests Overblown (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: To God, Our Strength (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: He Has His Mansion Fix'd on High (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 2: Hallelujah, Your Voices Raise (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: Sinfonia (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: I Will Sing unto the Lord (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: Who Is Like unto Thee, Oh Lord (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: He Gave Them Hailstones for Rain (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: When Warlike Ensigns Wave on High (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: The Enemy Said (Recitative) [Live]

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: The Enemy Said (Aria) [Live]

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: The Sword That's Drawn in Virtue's Cause (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: Millions Unborn Shall Bless the Hand (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: When Israel (Recitative) [Live]

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: When Israel (Aria) [Live]

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: Tyrants, Whom No Cov'nants Bind (Live)

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: May Balmy Peace (Recitative) [Live]

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: May Balmy Peace (Aria) [Live]

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 3: Blessed Are All They That Fear the Lord (Live)

MusicWeb International

September 2017

“Conductor Howard Arman uses fairly modest forces, with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks comprising of 43 singers. Performing with an elevated quality, the choir delivers full-toned singing in a constantly rewarding performance marked by a compelling unity and unaffected expression in the text.”

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