Oratorios, Masses & Opera

Oratorios, Masses & Opera
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Oratorios, Masses & Opera
HANDEL: Oratorio Joshua
EUR 19,90HANDEL: Oratorio Joshua
George Frideric Handel · Joshua
The unedited version from 1748 of the English Oratorio HWV 64,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra & Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Remastered Original Recording
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HiRes-Recording · DDD · incl. Online Booklet
61 Tracks · Duration: 2 Hours 11 Minutes
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A unique interpretation of a baroque master piece.
A listener on YouTube
Outstanding with the right balance between voices, orchestra and choir...
The splendid German label, K&K continues to delight eclectic connoisseurs with selected works, mostly choral recorded in the splendid setting of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Maulbronn Monastery in rural Germany.
Handel's 'Joshua', an oratorio which is perhaps rather overlooked when compared to other more copiously played works. However this splendid interpretation which includes some of the world's rising stars in oratorio singing could change that neglect. Budday directs the Hannoversche Hofkapelle with alacrity, never forcing the pace untowardly but at the same time keeping the ebb and flow of the whole work in check.
The recoding is outstanding with just the right balance between voices, orchestra and choir and I really must recommend this beautifully presented set to all lovers of choral music.
Gerald Fenech on Classical Net
Max Bruch · Moses
EUR 19,80Max Bruch · Moses
Max Bruch · Moses, Op. 67
German Oratorio in Four Parts, performed by Peter Lika (Bass), Birgitte Christensen (Soprano), Stefan Vinke (Tenor), the Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn) and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg
Conductor: Jürgen Budday
A concert recording from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
DDD · Duration: 120 Min. 55 Sec.
MP3 · 320kBit/sec. · 15 Tracks
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An excellent project and a grandiose Performance
K&K is not a label that comes readily to mind, but after listening to this version of Bruch's Oratorio, it is certainly one that should be given more scrutiny. German based, it is totally devoted to publishing outstanding concerts of mostly sacred works recorded live in the natural ambience of Maulbronn Monastery.
The aim of all this is to make the listener experience the intensity, not only of the music but of the occasion as well. Bruch's 'Moses', premiered in January 1895, is a truly eloquent and uplifting piece very much in the 'Elijah' tradition although I found the choral writing a hint Mendelssohnian. Apparently, Brahms did not think very highly of it but Bruch revealed that it was the fruit of inner strength that enabled him to complete this work.
I enjoyed the work immensely notwithstanding Brahms' advice and found much to savour in the memorable tunes that permeate the solo numbers with Moses' death particularly moving. Both soloists and choir rise magnificently to the occasion, delivering performances that are grandiose yet saturated with a humanity that was so evident in Israel's rapport with God. The Russian Chamber Philharmonic play full bloodedly and with conviction under Jurgen Budday, who while keeping a tight reign on proceedings, allows the performance to flow with a natural ease.
An excellent project that deserves every plaudit for its unique Enterprise.
Gerald Fenech on Classical Net
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