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Episode 2

John Shea features music from the Stockholm Early Music Festival and Handel recorded at Austria's prestigious Salzburg Festival.

Purcell: The Fairy Queen (excerpts)
Maria Christina Kiehr (soprano)
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Hakkinen (conductor)

Johan Joachim Agrell: Violin Concerto in D
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch (violin)
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Hakkinen (conductor)

Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphony in E flat, VB144
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Hakkinen (conductor)

Handel: Theodora

Set in the fourth century AD, Handel's late great dramatic oratorio tells the story of Christian oppression and triumph of the spirit. It features that favourite character type of Handel's in the title role, a strong female lead and a powerful use of the chorus which takes the roles both of persecuted Christians and their Roman persecutors.

Christine Schafer (soprano)
Bejun Mehta (countertenor)
Johannes Martin Kranzle (bass)
Joseph Kaiser (tenor)
Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano)
Ryland Davies (tenor)
James McVinnie (organ)
Salzburg Bach Chorus
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Ivor Bolton (conductor).

Release date:

4 hours

Last on

Tue 29 Dec 2009 13:00