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'Israel in Egypt' at National Presbyterian

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Handel, Israel in Egypt, Trinity Wall Street, J. Wachner
(Musica Omnia, 2012)
Charles T. Downey, Washington Chorus performance was like an ocean liner going up C&O Canal (Washington Post, May 18)
Handel performed his oratorios with relatively small orchestras and choirs. Later audiences heard these works with massive forces playing and singing, an anachronism that the historically informed performance movement stripped away by researching the practices in Handel’s lifetime. Although both approaches can work musically, it makes little sense to mix a small orchestra of period instruments with a nearly 200-voice choir, as the Washington Chorus did in its performance of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” on Sunday at the National Presbyterian Church... [Continue reading]
Washington Chorus
Handel, Israel in Egypt
National Presbyterian Church

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