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Donald Macleod explores Handel's oratorios, focusing on warlike works for troubled times.

Come, ever-smiling liberty (Judas Maccabaeus, 1746)
Israeliltish Woman ...... Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Israelitish Man ...... Catherine Denley (contralto)
Hyperion CDA66641/2, CD 1 Tr 18

Father of Heav'n; Wise man, flatt'ring, may deceive us (Judas Maccabeus)
Priest ...... James Bowman (countertenor)
Israeliltish Woman ...... Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Hyperion CDA66641/2, CD 2 Trs 23, 13

Sinfonia; Tis true, instinctive nature seldom points; Here amid the shady woods; Ah! was it not my Cleopatra's voice? Pow'rful guardians of all nature; Treach'ry, O king, unheard of treachery; Fury, with red sparkling eyes (Alexander Balus, Act 3)
The King's Consort
Robert King (conductor)
Hyperion CDA67241/2, CD 2 Trs 13-19

Now Give the Army Breath; Heroes When with Glory Burning; Indulgent Heav'n Hath Heard My Virgin Pray'r; As Cheers the Sun the Tender Flow'r; Sure I'm Deceiv'd, With Sorrow I Behold! Nations, Who in Future Story; Brethren and Friends, What Joy This Scene Imparts; Flourish of Warlike Instruments; Thus Far Our Cause Is Favour'd By the Lord; Flourish of Warlike Instruments; O Thou Bright Orb, Great Ruler of the Day (Joshua)
Joshua ...... James Gilcrhist (tenor)
Caleb ...... Konstantin Wolff (bass)
Achsah ...... Myung-Hee Hynun (soprano)
Othniel ...... Alex Potter (countertenor)
Kolner Kammerchor
Collegium Cartusianum
Peter Neumann (conductor)
MDG 332 1532-2, CD 2 Trs 14-24.

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