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Israel In Egypt (George Frideric Handel)

May 25, 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: July 1, 1993
  • Label: CORO
  • Copyright: 2003 The Sixteen Productions Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:11:27
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  • ASIN: B000QZT0S2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna Shlimovich on February 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good recording of one of two Handel's monumental oratorios on Biblical theme - Israel in Egypt"; it precedes its infinitely more famous Handel's offspring "Messaih" by 3 years - Messiah first descended on earthy Dublin on 13 April, 1742, while "Israel in Egypt" had its premiere on 4 April 1739, in King's Theater in London.

This oratorio is obviously much less known and performed than its celebrity-brother Messiah; the reason for it could be unyielding solemnity of the work, with almost no humor whatsoever. The only part where a listener could smile is Handel's depiction of plagues and in particular, leaping frogs and especially flies, which are conveyed with buzzing violins (perhaps Rimsky-Korsakov got the idea for his "Flight of the Bumble-Bee here). However, this oratorio's grandeur and majesty has its won grandiose appeal. The caveat is, alas, that it makes an overwhelming, divinely crushing impression, like a touch of god, only when listened live, in a Symphony Hall. I was listening to this and another recording, by Andrew Parrott ( Handel: Israel In Egypt [Import] ) and it seems that no matter how good your music-playing system is, it can never transcend the full magic of the live mighty chorus sound, interwoven with orchestral playing.

Here in Boston we were lucky enough to hear this work conducted by the same conductor as one this recording - Maestro Harry Christophers. It was truly a tremendous performance, with this recording being a shadow of what we had heard live. These words should not cast any shadow on Maestro Christophers and this CD, since it seem be natural limitations of any stereo system; however, Handel&Haydn Society Chorus and Orchestra sounded better than on this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Woods on November 15, 2012
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Per whatever reason Christophers conducted this "cut" version after he'd done an excellent job with the complete version some five years before. Focusing on the Exodus w/o the lamentations long before would be like focusing on the Easter portion of the Messiah w/o the background of the promise of the Messiah. The story is incomplete. Also, you are missing some elegant, if not well-celebrated, arias and choruses that will grow on you over time. Get the full version despite the fact that this cut recording would get 5 stars from me if complete. See my reviews on Christopher's full version and Parrott's full version - both of which get 5 stars and are the best two recordings of this oratorio I've heard.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Flaxman on June 30, 2013
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This is a wonderful performance of an underappreciated oratorio of the great GF Handel. From the opening measures one is bathed in the sound of great voices trained in baroque singing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Margulies on March 4, 2013
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Simple review here! I sang in this oratorio with the St. Cecelia Chorus in NYC about 40 years ago. It was the first oratorio I participated in with this wonderful chorus, under the direction of David Randolph, and it holds a special place in my heart because of that. Unfortunately I had not heard it in MANY years...since I abandoned my vinyl records and record player. But I finally began a real music collection in my ITUNES library and this had to be part of it. I am just swept away hearing this music again and realizing that singing in it I had never really HEARD it! fully. What a wonderful feat of dramatics and theatricality here. This is a beautiful performance of the oratorio, although I have not listened to others so I'm not comparing. The fact is that it is sweeping me away and that's all that matters to me right now. I'm listening as I write and all I can say is that I'm very very happy! I'm surprised that this oratorio is not as celebrated as MESSIAH because as a choral work it's superb! One beautiful tour de force after another with almost no solos! This production is lively and dramatic and easy to understand the words...all enunciated clearly which is not always the case with oratorio. The direction is clear and you can hear every note! ENJOY!
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