Handel: Israel in Egypt

Handel: Israel in Egypt
Composer Georg Frideric Handel
Artist Antonia Bourvé soprano
Bernhard Berchtold tenor
Klemens Sander bass
Chamber Choir Of Europe
Orchester der Deutschen Händel -Solisten
Anthony Bramall conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93131
EAN code 5028421931319
Release April 2006

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About this release

Handel will always be associated with his Messiah. But of course he wrote quite a number of other oratorios as well. “Israel in Egypt” – originally entitled “Exodus” - is one of them. It was written in just one month immediately after “Saul”. With three parts it has an unusual form. This is one of only two oratorios Handel based on texts from the Bible.

The versatile and still young Chamber Choir of Europe (founded in 1998) has quickly become of the leading chamber choirs. The singers are joined here by a cast of equally young vocal soloists. Together with the Orchester der Deutschen Händel-Solisten – yes, they specialize in Handel – they give a warm-blooded performance.

Other information:
- Complete texts in English and German included as well as extensive liner notes.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 1 Symphony: Largo assai
  2. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 2 Chorus: Larghetto e staccato: "The sons of Israel mourn"
  3. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 3 Chorus: "How is the mighty fall'n"
  4. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 4 Chorus: "He put on righteousness"
  5. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 5 Chorus (Soli): Andante larghetto: "When the ear heard him"
  6. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 6 Chorus: Adagio: "How is the mighty fall'n"
  7. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 9 Chorus (Soli): Larghetto e staccato: "The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance"
  8. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 10 Chorus: Grave: "Their bodies are buried in peace"
  9. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 11 Chorus: Grave: "The people will tell of their wisdom"
  10. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 12 Chorus (Soli): Larghetto: "They shall receive a glorious kingdom"
  11. Israel in Egypt: Part I: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph: Nr. 13 Chorus: Largo: "The merciful goodness of the Lord"
  12. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Rez + Nr. 14 Solo and Chorus: "And the children of Israel sigh'd"
  13. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Rez + Nr. 15 Chorus: Largo assai: "They loathed to drink of the river"
  14. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 16 Air: Andante: "Their land brought forth frogs"
  15. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 17 Chorus: Andante larghetto: "He spake the word"
  16. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 18 Chorus: Allegro: "He gave them hailstones for rain"
  17. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 19 Chorus: Largo: "He sent a thick darkness"
  18. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 20 Chorus: a tempo giusto e staccato: "He smote all the firstborn of Egypt"
  19. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 21 Chorus: Andante: "But as for his people"
  20. Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 23 Chorus: Grave e staccato: "He rebuked the Red Sea"
  21. Israel in Egypt: Israel in Egypt: Part II: Exodus: Nr. 24: Chorus: Grave: "And Israel saw that great work".

Disk 2

  1. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 25 Chorus: Introitus, a tempo giusto "Moses and the children of Israel"
  2. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 26 Duet: Larghetto: "The Lord is my strength an my song"
  3. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 27 Chorus: Grave: "He is my God"
  4. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 28 Duet: Andante allegro: "The Lord is a man of war"
  5. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 29 Chorus: Largo: "The depths have cover'd them".
  6. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 30 Chorus: Andante: "Tha right hand, O Lord"
  7. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 31 Chorus: "And with the blast of thy nostrils"
  8. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 32 Air: Andante: "The enemy said"
  9. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 33 Air: Andante larghetto: "Thou didst blow with the wind"
  10. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 34 Chorus: Grave: "Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods?"
  11. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 35 Duet: Larghetto: "Thou in thy mercy"
  12. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 36 Chorus: Largo e staccato: "The people shall hear"
  13. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 37 Air: Largo: "Thou shalt bring them in"
  14. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Nr. 38 Chorus: A tempo giusto: "The Lord shall reign forever and ever"
  15. Israel in Egypt: Part III: Moses’ Song: Rez + Nr. 39 Solo and Chorus: a tempo giusto: "Sing ye to the Lord"