Alternatives to Messiah: A Survey of Handel Oratorios
Sunday, December 02, 2012
On today’s Choral Mix, we showcase four of Handel’s great oratorios that aren’t Messiah. We have new releases of Handel from the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and The Sixteen, a classic recording from John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, and this week’s Choral Story.
Most composers die before they ever get much recognition. But not Georg Friedrich Handel. He was a superstar in his time and in ours – thanks in large part to his oratorios.
Oratorios retell great stories – usually from the Bible or from mythology – with music. And of the 29 that he wrote, Handel’s most famous oratorio is Messiah.
Today’s show, though, is about some of the other oratorios. We’re playing the ones that aren’t so well known or performed so often: Israel in Egypt, Solomon, Saul and Alexander’s Feast.
Handel/Israel in Egypt/Orchestra and Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Julian Wachner
But as for his people
He Deliver’d the poor that cried
Handel/Solomon/RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin, Daniel Reuss
With pious heart, and holy tongue
From the censer curling rise
Praise the Lord with harp and tongue!
Handel/ Saul/ The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Preserve him for the glory
Oh, fatal consequence
Mourn, Israel, mourn thy beauty lost
Handel/Alexander’s Feast/Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
The many rend the skies with loud applause
At Last Divine Cecilia came
Let Old Timotheus yield the prize