Israel in Egypt - Parts 1 and 2
Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London
Presented by Catherine Bott
HANDEL: Israel in Egypt: Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge in London, Catherine Bott introduces a rare complete performance of Handel's extraordinary oratorio. This sets the biblical account of the Israelites' journey from Egypt as they are led by Moses to the Promised Land. The piece contains famous musical depictions of plagues of flies, locusts, and hailstones, and of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. Although coolly-received at its first performance in 1739, it has since become one of Handel's most popular choral works, particularly admired for its lavish and virtuosic choral writing.
Part 1: The Lamentation of the Israelites for the Death of Joseph (c 40')
Part 2: Exodus (c 35')
St James's Baroque
David Hill (conductor).