Live from the Royal Albert Hall, William Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Handel's Israel in Egypt, one of the composer's most dramatic oratorios.
Live at BBC Proms: William Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Handel's Israel in Egypt, one of the composer's most dramatic oratorios.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill
Handel Israel in Egypt (1739 version)
Zoë Brookshaw, soprano
Rowan Pierce, soprano
Christopher Lowrey, countertenor
Jeremy Budd, tenor
Dingle Yandell, bass-baritone
Callum Thorpe, bass
Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
William Christie conductor
Filled with frogs, locusts, hailstones and rivers of blood, Israel in Egypt is one of Handel's most extravagant oratorios and, by placing the chorus in the spotlight, Handel uses the collective voices to tell the story of an entire people.
In this performance of the 1739 version, William Christie conducts the period ensemble the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, joined by the group's own choir, in the launch of a series of Handel oratorios to be performed over the coming seasons at the Proms.
During the interval, Martin Handley and Handel experts Suzanne Aspden and Richard Wigmore introduce Handel's 'Israel in Egypt' in a talk recorded earlier in the evening as a Proms Extra at Imperial College Union.
Producer Peter Thresh.