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Episode 3

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 15 April 2009

Donald Macleod explores Handel's oratorios, focusing on Saul, Belshazzar and Messiah, written after a five-year break from composition.

Alexander's Feast (excerpt from Part 2)
The princes applaud (accompagnato - tenor)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Concentus Musicus Wien
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
Teldec 8.35671, CD 2, Tr 4

Saul (Act 3, Sc 5)
High Priest ...... Michael Slattery (tenor)
Merab ...... Emma Bell (soprano)
David ...... Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)
Michal ...... Rosemary Joshua (soprano)
Abner ...... Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
RIAS-Kammerchor
Concerto Koln
Rene Jacobs (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901877.78, CD 2, Trs 18-23

Messiah (1741) - excerpt from Part 2
David Thomas (bass)
John Elwes (tenor)
The Shoin Women's University Chapel
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)
BIS CD 891/892, CD 2, Trs 17-21

Belshazzar (excerpts)
Daniel ...... James Bowman (countertenor)
Choir of The English Concert
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)
Archiv 477 037-2, CD 1, Trs 17-19.

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