Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV54

Naxos: 8570966-67

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Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV54

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570966-67
(8.570966-67)

Discs:

2

Release date:

27th Oct 2008

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0747313096671

Length:

1 hour 58 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV54


Laura Albino, Nils Brown, Jennifer Enns Modolo, Peter Mahon, Eve Rachel McLeod, Jason Nedecky, Bud Roach, Jennie Such & Sean Watson

Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon

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Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt was written three years before the Messiah and, like the Messiah, is somewhat atypical of the composer’s oratorios.

Scored for double chorus and an orchestra using trombones, trumpets, timpani, woodwinds and strings with continuo, Israel in Egypt contains relatively little solo material but is dominated by large-scale virtuosic choruses that fully exploit Handel’s lavish and sophisticated word-painting.

Set pieces for which the work is most famous include swarming strings representing flies in ‘He spake the word’, the furious brass and timpani in ‘He gave them hailstones for rain’ and the famous depiction of frogs in the aria ‘Their land brought forth frogs’.

George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV 54

Symphony

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: The sons of Israel do mourn (Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: How is the mighty fall'n I (Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: He put on righteousness (Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Quartet: When the ear heard him (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: How is the mighty fall'n II (Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Duet: He deliver'd the poor that cried (2 Sopranos, Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: How is the mighty fall'n III (Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Quartet: The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Their bodies are buried in peace (Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: The people will tell of their wisdom (Chorus)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Quartet: They shall receive a glorious kingdom (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: The merciful goodness of the Lord endureth forever (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: Recitative: Now there arose a new king over Egypt (Tenor)

Part II, The Exodus: And the children of Israel sighed (Alto, Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: Recitative: Then sent He Moses, His servant (Tenor)

Part II, The Exodus: They loathed to drink of the river (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: Air: Their land brought forth frogs (Alto)

Part II, The Exodus: He spake the word (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: He gave them hailstones for rain (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: He sent a thick darkness over all the land (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: He smote all the first-born of Egypt (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: But as far his people, he led them forth like sheep (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: Egypt was glad when they departed (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: He led them through the deep (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: But the waters overwhelmed their enemies (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: And Israel saw that great work (Chorus)

Part II, The Exodus: And believed the Lord and His servant Moses (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Moses and the children of Israel sung this song (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: I will sing unto the Lord (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Duet: The Lord is my strength and my song (2 Sopranos)

Part III, Moses Song: He is my God (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: And I will exalt Him (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Duet: The Lord is a man of war (2 Basses)

Part III, Moses Song: The depths have covered them (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Thy right hand, O Lord is become glorious (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: And in the greatness of thine excellency (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Thou sentest forth thy wrath (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: And with the blast of thy nostrils (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: The enemy said, I will pursue (Tenor)

Part III, Moses Song: Thou didst blow with the wind (Soprano)

Part III, Moses Song: Who is like unto Thee, O Lord (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: The earth swallowed them (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Duet: Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth thy people (Alto, Tenor)

Part III, Moses Song: The people shall hear, and be afraid (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Air: Thou shalt bring them in (Alto)

Part III, Moses Song: The Lord shall reign for ever and ever I (Chorus) - Recitative: For the horse of Pharaoh went in (Tenor) - The Lord shall reign for ever and ever II (Chorus)

Part III, Moses Song: Recitative: And Miriam the prophetess (Tenor) - Sing ye to the Lord (Soprano, Chorus)

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