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Fanfare, May 2005

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Gramophone, September 2004

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David Vernier

Handel was dead, and apparently the public couldn't get enough of his music, so his assistant John Christopher Smith ("the younger") obliged his fans by cobbling "oratorios" such as this one from existing works, set to new words and telling previously untold stories in Handelian style. The Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra plays very well, with requisite energy and precision under Joachim Carlos Martini, who does as well with this material as can be expected. This is for Handel completists and very curious 18th-century oratorians (or is it oratoriologists?).

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