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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
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!
“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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