Painting the Whole Picture: Handel at his Best

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

In this show, Kent explores the physical and painterly beauty of the choral sound world. And there's arguably no greater master of painting a picture with music than George Frideric Handel.

Yup, you know Messiah; you've probably overdosed on it at this point. But Israel in Egypt, while not as famous as Messiah, has perhaps the most powerful examples of word painting in all of Handel's works. Listen to the buzzing of the violins as they onomatopoetically describe the flies, lice, and the rest of the famous Egyptian plagues...

Later, the full dark choral texture creates a visceral depiction of the darkness that enveloped Egypt, and finally the orchestra undulates with the sound of the waves of the Red Sea.

Also on the program, Kent describes how he got locked inside Westminster Abbey with Handel's grave just under him. Spooky!

Finally, an exploration of the text of the Sanctus: you'll hear very different settings of this deeply spiritual text, from Machaut to Duruflé and of course, J.S. Bach.

Comments [5]

>Heavenly, Thanks for playing

Nov. 09 2012 05:17 PM
Sarah E.

I loved the spotlight on Handenl. He is my all-time fav and anytime is a good time to hear His' Works. You cannot OD on Messiah, but loved hearing Israel In Egypt. It would have to let people that the countertenor solo was done by Micheal Chance. I have a feeling you would had let people know if it had been a soprano; and that not right. Thank You

Oct. 07 2012 04:03 PM
Ed Cole

Absolutely gorgeous. A sense of the divine. Thank you, Kent.

Sep. 26 2012 02:46 PM
olie westheimer

Falling asleep last night (September 23) was listening to glorious music of what I think was a capella choir in I believe, Kansas City.

Please send name of piece and composer and link so that I can listen again!.

Thank you,


Olie Westheimer
Executive Director, Brooklyn Parkinson Group
Community Relations Manager, Dance for PD®

Sep. 24 2012 11:10 AM
Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

That Bruckner ... Did anybody else hear a wee bit of "On earth, as it is in heaven" from Morricone's score for The Mission???

Sep. 23 2012 10:57 AM

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