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HANDEL: Israel in Egypt (Aradia Ensemble)

Composer(s):Handel, George Frideric
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.570966-67
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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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 .



Review By Scherzo,March 2009


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Review By Em Marshall,Albion Magazine Online,January 2009

Though this was something of a failure in Handel's own time…this oratorio nonetheless deserves a hearing as there is some fine music in it. A larger choir than the Aradia Ensemble would have helped beef out the choruses and create a fuller sound, but the performance is nonetheless a good one, quite exciting in choruses such as But the Waters Overwhelmed Their Enemies. The orchestral playing also is of a very high standard.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,November 2008

Handel did not live long enough to enjoy the success that his oratorio Israel in Egypt was to enjoy, early audiences dismissing a work that did not offer soloists a series of brilliant arias.



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