"Handel understands effect better than any of us; when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt." - W.A. Mozart.
From the plagues of Egypt to the parting of the Red Sea, Israel in Egypt counts amongst Handel’s most glorious and colourful achievements. Second only in popularity to Messiah, the work has grandeur and epic scale. Sumptuously laid out for double chorus and featuring intricate instrumental writing, nothing stands in the way of the composer’s imagination. Flies, frogs, locusts, horses and riders, hailstones, the parting of the sea – everything contributes to the story of the people of Israel returning to their homeland.
G.F. Handel (1685-1756): Israel in Egypt HWV 54
Oratorio in two parts (1756 version)
Libretto by Charles Jennens based on the Book of Exodus
Bach Akademie Australia
Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichord and organ
Daniel Yeadon, cello
Coro, Kompactus, Luminescence Chamber Singers
Susannah Lawergren, soprano
Chloe Lankshear, soprano
Tobias Cole, alto
Richard Butler, tenor
Andrew Fysh, bass
Andrew O’Connor, bass
Directed by Roland Peelman
Neal Peres Da Costa and Daniel Yeadon appear courtesy of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
ADULT $69, CONC. $64, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25
This concert is generously supported by Peronelle & Jim Windeyer