Handel - Judas Maccabaeus | Accent ACC26410

Handel - Judas Maccabaeus

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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC26410

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st February 2019

Contents

Artists

Kenneth Tarver (tenor)
Deanna Breiwick (soprano)
Sophie Harmsen (mezzo-soprano)
Joao Fernandes (bass)
Owen Willetts (countertenor)
NDR Chor
FestspielOrchester Gottingen

Conductor

Laurence Cummings

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63

Artists

Kenneth Tarver (tenor)
Deanna Breiwick (soprano)
Sophie Harmsen (mezzo-soprano)
Joao Fernandes (bass)
Owen Willetts (countertenor)
NDR Chor
FestspielOrchester Gottingen

Conductor

Laurence Cummings

About

Judas Maccabaeus is one of Handel’s most impressive and successful works. More than 50 performances took place in Handel’s lifetime.

The integration of the libretto with the conflict between the Scottish Jacobites under the leadership of the catholic Stuart pretender Charles Edward and the royalist government troops played a crucial role in this.

The original libretto tells the story of the struggle of the Jews against the rule of the Seleucids. Handel portrays the plot with colourful arias, touching laments and exultant triumph choruses.

The present live recording is a production of the 2018 International Handel Festival in Göttingen, highly praised by the critics and the audience. With Laurence Cummings (the Festival’s Artistic Director) a renowned Handel specialist stands at the helm of the Göttingen Festival Orchestra, assisted by an excellent vocal cast and the NDR Choir.

Cast:
- Judas Maccabaeus: Kenneth Tarver (tenor)
- Israelitish Woman: Deanna Breiwick (soprano)
- Israelitish Man: Sophie Harmsen (mezzo-soprano)
- Simon, Eupolemus: Joao Fernandes (bass)
- Priest: Owen Willetts (countertenor)

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