The People Shall Hear! (Great Handel Choruses)


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The People Shall Hear! (Great Handel Choruses)



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27th April 2009




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The People Shall Hear! (Great Handel Choruses)


Israel in Egypt: The people shall hear

Alexander's Feast: The many rend the skies

Or let the merry bells (L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato)

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Samson: Hear Jacob’s God

Belshazzar: Recall, O King

Athalia: The mighty pow’r

Hercules: Jealousy, infernal pest

Judas Maccabaeus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes!

Solomon: May no rash intruder

Theodora: He saw the lovely youth

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus



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This stunning program of Baroque choral masterpieces comprises the best-loved moments from Handel’s oratorios and anthems, including ‘Zadok the Priest’ and the Hallelujah chorus. Solos from Alexander’s Feast and Athalia are sung by renowned Handel specialists Carolyn Sampson and Robin Blaze. The Bach Choir (which gave performances in Australia in 2008) is an institution in the golden British oratorio tradition, its musical directors including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir David Willcocks, and now David Hill, who conducts on this recording.

“the Bach Choir sing with appropriate vigour and spirit under David Hill’s enthusiastic direction…producing the obligatory tingle down the spine.” Gramophone

George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV 54

Israel in Egypt, HWV 54, Part II: The people shall hear

George Frideric Handel: Alexander's Feast, HWV 75

Alexander's Feast, HWV 75, Part 1: The many rend the skies

George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55

L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: Or let the merry bells ring round

George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest, HWV 258

Zadok the Priest, HWV 258

George Frideric Handel: Samson, HWV 57

Act II: Hear, Jacob's God, Jehovah

Act III: Air: Let the bright Seraphim in burning row

Act III: Let their celestial concerts all unite

George Frideric Handel: Belshazzar, HWV 61

Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act I: Recall, O King, thy rash command

George Frideric Handel: Athalia, HWV 52

Athalia, HWV 52, Act II: The mighty pow'r

George Frideric Handel: Hercules, HWV 60

Hercules, HWV 60, Act II: Jealousy! Infernal pest

George Frideric Handel: Joshua, HWV 64

Joshua, HWV 64: See the conquering hero comes

George Frideric Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63, Part II: Fall'n is the Foe

George Frideric Handel: Solomon, HWV 67

Solomon, HWV 67, Part I: May no rash intruder

George Frideric Handel: Theodora, HWV 68, Act I: Angels, ever bright and fair

Theodora, HWV 68, Act II: He saw the lovely youth

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Messiah, HWV 56, Part II: Hallelujah!

BBC Music Magazine

September 2009


“The finely focused Bach Choir often sounds uncannily of almost chamber proportions, in 'The many rend the skies' (Alexander's Feast), and the wondering description of Christ's miracle in Handel's self-confessed favourite chorus, 'He saw the lovely youth', from Theodora.”

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