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Handel: 'Oratorio Arias'

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel: 'Oratorio Arias'

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Handel

'Oratorio Arias'

Acis and Galatea, HWV49--Overture; I rage, I melt, I burn; 0 ruddier than the cherry; Whither, Fairest, art thou running (a); Cease to beauty. Alexander's Feast, HWV75--Overture; Revenge, Timotheus cries. Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63--Overture; O Father, whose almighty power; I feel the deity within; Arm ye brave ... We come in bright array; Be comforted; The Lord worketh wonders; Fallen is the foe; Enough! to heaven we leave; With pious hearts; Sing unto God; Rejoice, 0 Judah; Alleluia. Messiah, HWV56--Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; But who may abide; Behold, I tell you a mystery; The trumpet shall sound

Adam Plachetka bar (a) Katerina Knezlkova sop Czech Ensemble Baroque Choir and Orchestra / Roman Valek

Supraphon (F) SU4116-2 (71' * DDD)

Not just oratorio arias from Prague-born bass-baritone

A minority of Handel recitals crash at the first hurdle, like this collection of so-called 'Oratorio Arias'. Half of the works represented are not even oratorios (the ode Alexander's Feast and the masque Acis and Galatea), and the two actual oratorios chosen are the most predictable and least interesting choices conceivable. Alas, no effort is taken to present an informed view of Handel's varied English-language writing for the bass voice. …

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