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Handel: Israel in Egypt/Chandos Anthem No. 10
George Frederick Handel, David Willcocks, Simon Preston
Handel: Israel in Egypt/Chandos Anthem No. 10
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (23) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2

This is the pre-authentic instrument style of English oratorio performance, and it's rather amazing how dated it sounds. The choruses sing very well, but sound so heavy and indistinct. At the same time, trumpets and drums ...  more »

     
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This is the pre-authentic instrument style of English oratorio performance, and it's rather amazing how dated it sounds. The choruses sing very well, but sound so heavy and indistinct. At the same time, trumpets and drums play with a mushy, soft-edged sonority which, though the resonant recording is somewhat to blame, really reflects a different view of the music than we have now. There's no question that we've come a long way in interpretation of Handel's oratorios since this was recorded, and largely for the better. --David Hurwitz

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A very good performance.
Requiemk626 | 10/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I appreciate, in this recording, expecially the choir. But the singers and the conductor are good too. What a pity not to have the text of this pleasant and important oratorio."
An inferior presentation
Elias | São Paulo, Brazil | 03/26/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Skip this trash. Save your money. This version of Israel in Egypt is very poor. The singers are weak, even the choir is bad. If you want to hear the best Israel in Egypt, you must try to find the one conducted by Maurice Abravanel, with the Utah SO and Chorus (label Westminster, # 5623 in Brazil, in the 60's...). Blanche Christensen and Collen Bischoff are wonderfull sopranos, Grace Bumbry a very good contralto, Dale Blackburn (tenor),Don Watts & Warren Woods (bass) are splendid. The Orchestra and Chorus are magnificent, and Abravanel the master. But the reason of this sucess is that they performed with joy, believing in (always fantastic) Handel's work. Try to find one copy or write to Vanguard to re-issue this jewel. But do not loose your time with "ersatz" works. Get the real thing."