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Handel - Israel in Egypt

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Originally recorded in 2007


The Symphony of Harmony and Invention

Harry Christophers

The Sixteen


St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London

Mar 1993


Mark Brown


Anthony Howell

Record Label
Coro Records



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 71:26
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Israel in Egypt

1 Now there arose a new king over Egypt 0:27
2 And the children of Israel sighed 3:23
3 Then sent He Moses 0:32
4 They loathed to drink of the river 1:56
5 Their land brought forth frogs 2:21
6 He spake the word 1:58
7 He gave them hailstones for rain 2:12
8 He sent a thick darkness over all the land 3:21
9 He smote all the first-born of Egypt 2:16
10 But as for his people 4:12
11 Egypt was glad when they departed 3:16
12 He rebuked the Red Sea 0:40
13 He led them through the deep 1:19
14 But the waters overwhelmed their enemies 1:02
15 And Israel saw that great work 0:52
16 And believed the Lord 3:19
17 Larghetto: Organ Concerto in F HWV 295 2:45
18 Moses and the children of Israel 0:57
19 I will sing unto the Lord 2:37
20 He is my God 0:52
21 And I will exalt Him 2:05
22 The Lord is a man of war 6:01
23 The depths have covered them 2:12
24 Thy right hand, O Lord 1:26
25 And in the greatness of Thine excellency 0:34
26 Thou sentest forth Thy wrath 1:58
27 And with the blast of Thy nostrils 2:40
28 The people shall hear 6:15
29 Largo: Organ Concerto in F HWV 295 2:12
30 The Lord shall reign for ever and ever 0:39
31 For the horse of Pharaoh 0:27
32 The Lord shall reign for ever and ever 0:40
33 And Miriam the prophetess 0:24
34 Sing ye to the Lord 3:36

Of all Handel’s great oratorios, Israel in Egypt is second only to messiah in drama. It is dominated by massive virtuosic choruses, making it the perfect piece for the sixteen, acknowledged by audiences and critics alike

It’s not surprising that Israel in Egypt is much-performed. Hailstones and lightning, buzzing flies and leaping frogs, are all brilliantly evoked for choir and orchestra in a series of incisive choruses leading us excitedly through the plagues of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea as we follow Moses and the Children of Israel through the story of the Exodus. The epic nature of the story could not be more suited to Handel’s genius for story-telling and drama.

This CD is based on the first published edition (1771), omitting five arias and two short choruses.

"one of the great choirs of our day"


"As time goes by, I find Harry Christophers’ music-making more and more captivating ."

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