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HANDEL: Israel in Egypt (Aradia Ensemble)

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’.



Disc 1

Handel, George Frideric
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  Israel in Egypt, HWV 54
1.   Play with flash player Symphony 00:02:20
2.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: The sons of Israel do mourn (Chorus) 00:04:02
3.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: How is the mighty fall'n I (Chorus) 00:01:47
4.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: He put on righteousness (Chorus) 00:01:59
5.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Quartet: When the ear heard him (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 00:03:33
6.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: How is the mighty fall'n II (Chorus) 00:00:44
7.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Duet: He deliver'd the poor that cried (2 Sopranos, Chorus) 00:05:31
8.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: How is the mighty fall'n III (Chorus) 00:00:50
9.   Play with flash player 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) 00:03:48
10.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Their bodies are buried in peace (Chorus) 00:04:22
11.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: The people will tell of their wisdom (Chorus) 00:01:54
12.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: Quartet: They shall receive a glorious kingdom (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 00:04:12
13.   Play with flash player Part I, The Lamentation of the Israelites for the death of Joseph: The merciful goodness of the Lord endureth forever (Chorus) 00:05:23
14.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: Recitative: Now there arose a new king over Egypt (Tenor) 00:00:26
15.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: And the children of Israel sighed (Alto, Chorus) 00:03:11
16.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: Recitative: Then sent He Moses, His servant (Tenor) 00:00:25
17.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: They loathed to drink of the river (Chorus) 00:01:52
18.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: Air: Their land brought forth frogs (Alto) 00:02:19
19.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: He spake the word (Chorus) 00:02:09
20.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: He gave them hailstones for rain (Chorus) 00:02:14
21.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: He sent a thick darkness over all the land (Chorus) 00:02:40
22.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: He smote all the first - born of Egypt (Chorus) 00:02:22
23.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: But as far his people, he led them forth like sheep (Chorus) 00:04:16
24.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: Egypt was glad when they departed (Chorus) 00:02:10
25.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up (Chorus) 00:00:30
26.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: He led them through the deep (Chorus) 00:01:15
27.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: But the waters overwhelmed their enemies (Chorus) 00:01:06
28.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: And Israel saw that great work (Chorus) 00:00:10
29.   Play with flash player Part II, The Exodus: And believed the Lord and His servant Moses (Chorus) 00:02:32


Disc 2

Handel, George Frideric
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  Israel in Egypt, HWV 54
1.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Moses and the children of Israel sung this song (Chorus) 00:00:54
2.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: I will sing unto the Lord (Chorus) 00:02:30
3.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Duet: The Lord is my strength and my song (2 Sopranos) 00:03:57
4.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: He is my God (Chorus) 00:00:42
5.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: And I will exalt Him (Chorus) 00:02:16
6.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Duet: The Lord is a man of war (2 Basses) 00:06:06
7.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: The depths have covered them (Chorus) 00:01:35
8.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Thy right hand, O Lord is become glorious (Chorus) 00:01:31
9.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: And in the greatness of thine excellency (Chorus) 00:00:25
10.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Thou sentest forth thy wrath (Chorus) 00:01:41
11.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: And with the blast of thy nostrils (Chorus) 00:03:00
12.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: The enemy said, I will pursue (Tenor) 00:02:24
13.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Thou didst blow with the wind (Soprano) 00:02:22
14.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Who is like unto Thee, O Lord (Chorus) 00:00:54
15.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: The earth swallowed them (Chorus) 00:01:04
16.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Duet: Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth thy people (Alto, Tenor) 00:04:05
17.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: The people shall hear, and be afraid (Chorus) 00:04:32
18.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Air: Thou shalt bring them in (Alto) 00:03:19
19.   Play with flash player 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) 00:01:36
20.   Play with flash player Part III, Moses Song: Recitative: And Miriam the prophetess (Tenor) - Sing ye to the Lord (Soprano, Chorus) 00:03:48

Total Playing Time: 01:58:43






Composer(s):
Handel, George Frideric

Lyricist(s):
Bible - Old Testament

Conductor(s):
Mallon, Kevin

Ensemble(s):
Aradia Ensemble

Artist(s):
Albino, Laura; Brown, Nils; Mahon, Peter; McLeod, Eve Rachel; Modolo, Jennifer Ens; Nedecky, Jason; Roach, Bud; Such, Jennie; Watson, Sean

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.570966-67

Barcode: 0747313096671

Release Date: 05/2008

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