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Handel: Israel in Egypt (Oratorio in Three Parts)

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Handel' oratorio Israel in Egypt was written three years before the Messiah and, like the Messiah, is somewhat atypical of the composer' oratorios. Scored for double chorus and an orchestra using trombones, trumpets, timpani, woodwinds and strings

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Disc: 1

  1. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Symphony
  2. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. The sons of Israel do mourn
  3. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. How is the mighty fall'n 1
  4. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. He put on righteousness
  5. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Quartet. When the ear heard him
  6. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. How is the mighty fall'n 2
  7. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Duet and Chorus. He deliver'd the poor that cried
  8. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. How is the mighty fall'n 3
  9. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Quartet. The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance
  10. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. Their bodies are buried in peace
  11. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. The people will tell of their wisdom
  12. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Quartet. They shall receive a glorious kingdom
  13. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 1. Chorus. The merciful goodness of the Lord endureth forever
  14. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Recitative. Now there arose a new king over Egypt
  15. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Alto Solo and Chorus. And the children of Israel sighed
  16. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Recitative. Then sent He Moses, His servant
  17. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. They loathed to drink of the river
  18. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Air. Their land brought forth frogs
  19. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. He spake the word
  20. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. He gave them hailstones for rain
  21. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. He sent a thick darkness over all the land
  22. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. He smote all the first-born of Egypt
  23. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. But as for his people, he led them forth like sheep
  24. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. Egypt was glad when they departed
  25. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. He rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up
  26. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. He led them through the deep
  27. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. But the waters overwhelmed their enemies
  28. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. And Israel saw that great work
  29. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 2. Chorus. And believed the Lord and His servant Moses

Disc: 2

  1. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. Moses and the children of Israel sung this song
  2. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. I will sing unto the Lord
  3. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Duet. The Lord is my strength and my song
  4. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. He is my God
  5. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. And I will exalt Him
  6. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Duet. The Lord is a man of war
  7. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. The depths have covered them
  8. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. Thy right hand, O Lord is become glorious
  9. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. And in the greatness of thin excellency
  10. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. And with the blast of thy nostrils
  11. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Air. The enemy said, I will pursue
  12. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. Thou didst blow with the wind
  13. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. Who is like unto Thee, O Lord
  14. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. The earth swallowed them
  15. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Duet. Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth thy people
  16. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. The people shall hear, and be afraid
  17. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Air. Thou shalt bring them in
  18. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Chorus. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever 1 / Recitative. For the horse of Pharao wen
  19. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: Part 3. Recitative. And Miriam the prophetess / Chorus and Soprano solo. Sing ye to the Lord


Product Details

  • Conductor: Mallon
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0017PE9LS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Strange as it may seem, "Israel in Egypt" was the first Handel oratorio I heard in live performance. (I did not see "Messiah" performed until more than a decade later, after attending live performances of other Handel oratorios and operas.) That first "Israel" was a thrilling experience, and like most of the rest of the enthusiastic audience I found the choral singing wonderfully descriptive and rousing. Soon afterward I purchased a decent performance (Gardiner's with the Monteverdi Choir), but it never seemed to capture anything like the crispness, clarity, and excitement of the two live performances I've now attended. Since buying the Gardiner recording, I seldom listen to it.

After attending another really wonderful performance of "Messiah" this Christmas and reflecting on the fact that I already own some marvelous "Messiah" recordings (the Higginbottom performance with Oxford's New College Choir and especially the 2006 recording by the Dunedin Consort are warmly recommended), I thought it would be nice to own a recording of "Israel" I'd actually listen to. An afternoon's listening to lengthy bits of the dozen or so MP3 versions now available led me to this first-rate Naxos recording. The Toronto-based Aradia Ensemble was unknown to me, but its performance seemed historically well informed, its soloists fine, and its singing spirited, cleanly articulated, and often exciting. Perhaps I was expecting too much, but many of the other performances seemed muddy or at least badly recorded. I'm sure in some cases I would have taken away a different impression if I had caught a live performance by exactly the same forces. The Naxos recording of the Aradia Ensemble seems to capture more of the choral excitement and clear articulation one experiences in a live performance.
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