The Power of Handel

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1 Part II: Aria: Why do the nations so furiously rage together 2:38 96/24 Album only
2 Part II: Let us Break their Bonds Asunder 1:35 96/24 Album only
3 Part II: Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn 0:14 96/24 Album only
4 Part II: Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron 2:04 96/24 Album only
5 Part II: Hallelujah! 3:40 96/24 Album only
6 Act II: Glory to God! 5:43 96/24 Album only
7 Act III: Aria: Shall I in mamre's fertile plain 2:51 96/24 Album only
8 Act III: For all these mercies we will sing 2:24 96/24 Album only
9 Act III: Aria: Oh! Had I Jubal's lyre 2:30 96/24 Album only
10 Act III: The great Jehovah is our awful theme 3:11 96/24 Album only
11 Part I: Your harps and cymbals sound 3:24 96/24 Album only
12 Part III: Sinfonia, "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" 2:15 96/24 Album only
13 Part III: Air and Chorus: Music, spread thy voice around 3:02 96/24 Album only
14 Part III: Air: Now a diff'rent measure try 0:29 96/24 Album only
15 Part III: Shake the Dome 1:17 96/24 Album only
16 Part III: Recitative: Then at once 0:32 96/24 Album only
17 Part III: Draw the tear from hopeless love 3:05 96/24 Album only
18 Part III: Recitative: Next the tortur'd soul release 0:16 96/24 Album only
19 Part III: Air and Chorus: Thus rolling surges rise 3:22 96/24 Album only
20 Act I: Chorus: By slow degress the wrath of God 4:57 96/24 Album only
21 Act II: Recitative: Where is the God of Judah's boasted pow'r? 0:44 96/24 Album only
22 Act II: Chorus - Recitative: Help, help the king! 2:26 96/24 Album only
23 Act II: Recitative: Ye sages, welcome always to your king 0:39 96/24 Album only
24 Act II: Chorus: Alas, too hard a task the king imposes 0:27 96/24 Album only
25 Act II: Chorus: Oh, misery! Oh terror, hopeless grief! 1:58 96/24 Album only
26 Act III: Tell it out among the heathen 2:00 96/24 Album only
27 Act I: Recitative: Already see the Daughters of the Land 0:17 96/24 Album only
28 Act I: Chorus: Welcome, welcome, mighty King! 1:46 96/24 Album only
29 Act I: Accompagnato: What do I hear? 0:26 96/24 Album only
30 Act I: Chorus: David his Ten Thousands slew 0:37 96/24 Album only
31 Act II: Accompagnato: First perish thou 0:32 96/24 Album only
32 Act II: Arioso: Let other creatures die 1:51 96/24 Album only
33 Act I: Chorus: Awake the trumpet's lofty sound! 1:51 96/24 Album only
34 Act I: Return, O God of hosts 4:11 96/24 Album only
35 Part II: Duet: Sion now her head shall raise 1:32 96/24 Album only
36 Part II: Tune your harps to song of praise 4:28 96/24 Album only
37 Part II: Sound an alarm! 3:53 96/24 Album only
38 Part III: Sing unto God 2:38 96/24 Album only
39 Part III: Hallelujah, Amen 2:18 96/24 Album only

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Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Christopher Purves, bass
Mark Le Brocq,  tenor
James Rutherford, nass
Miriam Allan, soprano
Michael Chance, altus
Nancy Argenta, soprano
Stephen Varcoe, bass
Melinda Paulsen, mezzo-soprano
Sinéad Pratschke, soprano
Catherine King, mezzo-soprano
Charles Humphries, altus
Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Hanoverian Court Orchestra
Jürgen Budday, conductor

For more than ten years now, we have been documenting the concerts in the Maulbronn Monastery. Among the many wonderful recordings that we have in the meantime released in this series, the performances of the oratorios composed by the man born as Georg Friedrich Handel are a real treasure. To have produced the greatest works of a composer in performance, in the same space, with the unmistakable hallmark of the conductor and with more or less the same choir, soloists and orchestra is something that I find impossible to write about in retrospective at the moment, given the challenges that were involved and the simple fact that the end of this series is not yet in sight. May our future recordings be many and just as successfull.

What is the fascination of the oratorios? Old music - it often attracts the wrong sort of clichés. Terms like tension, power, drama and virtuosity are simply not used as synonyms for works of this genre. But it is precisely factors like these that have induced us to preserve the oratorios for posterity, and in all their authenticity - as concerts.

Georg Friedrich Handel knew how to bewitch an audience, how to make it tremble - then as now. It was no different even for Haydn. Let me illustrate this with an anecdote: the fall of Jericho in Act II of the oratorio "Joshua" inspired Handel to compose one of his most magnificent "thunder choruses", and this Haydn experienced in person at a grandiose performance in Westminster Abbey in 1791. It made a huge impression on him. Haydn was supposedly familiar with the music, yet only half aware of its effect until he actually got to hear it. In any case, Haydn was convinced that only a genius like Handel could ever have written such an outstanding composition or, indeed, anything like it at any point in the future ...

Back then, people still had time - there were no distractions like television, radio or the Internet to overwhelm them. And yet Haydn still had great difficulty appreciating the true greatness and power of an oratorio properly. This power, this drama is the idea, the underlying concept of our retrospective. To create a cross-section - an interim balance, if you will - that brings you closer to the world of Handel's oratorios and the world of old music. We couldn't get the thunder choruses of Jericho out of our minds. So, working with Jurgen Budday, we have put together the most moving of the choruses, arias and orchestral sections of the oratorios. The essence is a cross-section of the most beautiful and powerful moments from eight oratorios about the heroes and kings of the Old Testament: The Power of Handel.

Live recordings of concerts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, produced 1998-2008.

Producers: Josef-Stefan Kindler and Andreas Otto Grimminger
Recording and mastering engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger