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Handel - Belshazzar Original recording reissued


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Is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.

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  • Performer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Arleen Auger, James Bowman, Catherine Robbin, David Wilson-Johnson, et al.
  • Orchestra: The English Concert
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0001ZWGHY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Belshazzar, HWV 61 - OvertureTrevor Pinnock 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Vain, fluctuating state of human empire"Trevor Pinnock 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Thou, God most high, and Thou alone"Trevor Pinnock 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "The fate of Babylon, I fear, is nigh"Trevor Pinnock 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Lament not thus, oh Queen, in vain!"Trevor Pinnock 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Behold, by Persia's hero made"Trevor Pinnock 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Well may they laugh" / "Oh memory! Still bitter to my soul!"Trevor Pinnock 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Opprest with never-ceasing grief"Trevor Pinnock 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Dry those unavailing tears"Trevor Pinnock 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Be comforted: safe though the tyrant seem" / "Methought, as on the bank of deep Euphrates"Trevor Pinnock 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Now, tell me, Gobrias"Trevor Pinnock 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Behold the monstrous human beast"Trevor Pinnock 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Can you then think it strange"Trevor Pinnock0:16£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Great God! who, yet but darkly known"Trevor Pinnock 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "My friends, be confident"Trevor Pinnock0:41£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "All empires upon God depend"Trevor Pinnock 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Oh sacred oracles of Truth!"Trevor Pinnock 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Rejoice, my countrymen" / "Thus saith the Lord to Cyrus"Trevor Pinnock 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Sing, oh ye heav'ns!"Trevor Pinnock 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Let festal joy triumphant reign!"Trevor Pinnock 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "For you, my friends"Trevor Pinnock0:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "The leafy honours of the field"Trevor Pinnock 7:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "It is the custom, I may say, the law"Trevor Pinnock 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Recall, oh king! thy rash command"Trevor Pinnock 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "They tell you true"Trevor Pinnock 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "Oh dearer than my life, forebear!"Trevor Pinnock 7:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 1 - "By slow degrees the wrath of God"Trevor Pinnock 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "See, from his post Euphrates flies!"Trevor Pinnock 6:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "You see, my friends, a path"Trevor Pinnock0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Amaz'd to find the foe so near"Trevor Pinnock 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "To arms, to arms! no more delay!"Trevor Pinnock0:34£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Ye tutelar gods of our empire"Trevor Pinnock 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Let the deep bowl thy praise confess"Trevor Pinnock 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Where is the God of Judah's boasted pow'r?"Trevor Pinnock 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Call all my Wise Men"Trevor Pinnock0:25£0.39  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - A SinfonyTrevor Pinnock 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Ye sages! welcome always to your king" / "Alas! too hard a task the king imposes"Richard Wistreich 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Oh misery! - oh terror! - hopeless grief!"Trevor Pinnock 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Oh king, live for ever!"Trevor Pinnock 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "No! to thyself thy trifles be"Trevor Pinnock 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Yet, to obey his dread command"Trevor Pinnock 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Oh sentence too severe!" / "Regard, oh son, my flowing tears"Trevor Pinnock 6:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Oh God of Truth! oh faithful guide!"Trevor Pinnock 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "You, Gobrias, lead directly to the palace"Trevor Pinnock 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 2 - "Oh glorious prince!"Trevor Pinnock 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Alternate hopes and fears"Trevor Pinnock 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Fain would I hope"Trevor Pinnock0:23£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Can the black Aethiop change his skin?"Trevor Pinnock 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "My hopes revive"Richard Wistreich 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Bel boweth down!"Trevor Pinnock 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "I thank thee, Sesach"Trevor Pinnock 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - A Martial SymphonyTrevor Pinnock0:39£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "To pow'r immortal my first thanks"Trevor Pinnock 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Be it thy care, good Gobrias" / "Destructive War, thy limits know"Trevor Pinnock 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Great victor, at your feet I bow"Trevor Pinnock 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Say, venerable prophet"Trevor Pinnock0:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Tell it out among the heathen"Trevor Pinnock 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "Yes, I will build thy city"Trevor Pinnock 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Handel: Belshazzar / Act 3 - "I will magnify thee"Trevor Pinnock 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
One question I might find among the more difficult in my life would be - which is my favourite Handel oratorio? I suspect that my answer would generally be 'the one I heard most recently', and that, as I write this, is Belshazzar. It is a magnificent thing, a heavenly thing. It has taken me longer than it should have to come to an appreciation of what makes Handel the phenomenon - as a genius, as an artist, as a craftsman - that he is, but I am comforted to reflect that no less a genius than Haydn, at the age of nearly 70 gaining a more thorough knowledge of Handel in performance, was driven to say that he felt a mere apprentice. In his sense of how to pace a dramatic narrative, in his instinct for how to use the human voice in song and above all in chorus, in the matchless flexibility and adroitness he displays at word-setting and in the audacity of his melodic and harmonic effects I can think of nobody who can approach Handel on his own terms.
Belshazzar was not a great success at the box-office, although this may have had more to do with difficulties in the casting than because it was deemed insufficiently biblical for oratorio, which seems to have been the fate of Hercules. It seems to me to be perfectly well described as oratorio in other ways too, with (for one thing) the extensive use of the chorus that we find in, say, Samson but not in Hercules. The one passage that cries out for visual effects is of course the apparition of the moving finger itself. Even here the composer can go a long way with sheer power of suggestion, by the strange unaccompanied violin figure creeping upwards and the frightened brevity of the vocal numbers. Otherwise for me Belshazzar is as much an oratorio as Samson is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valeska Nikolitsch on 8 Jun 2009
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the oratorium :Belshazzar conducted by trevor Pinnock and performed by the English Concert is a really wonderful experience...
the recording has a full and great sound that impressionnates me
deeply ...Handel's Oratorium in itself is a worldwide known and well appreciated masterwork ---the first movement inspired Ludwig van Beethoven ,who was a great and devoted admirer himself of Handel's works, to the main theme of the slow movement of his "3rd Symphonia Eroica"...but nothing could be compared to the splendour of Handel's unique art of completion and developement of the themes of his "composition" and the all envelopping harmony of his continiously new creating themes within the work.. if you like Handel you feel especially in this work the comming : Messias...but words cannot tell you the wonder of all these precious sounds and brilliant baroque music you will --hear--- in Belshazzar...you should hear yourself ....
Valeska Nikolitsch
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2009
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What a glorious piece of music this is! Handel fills it with some of his most inspired music. There is always a sense in Handel's dramatic oratorios that Handel is putting on a show and many of the numbers can seem designed to be memorable through novelty and craft. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and Handel's music is nearly always so well conceived and of such prodigious range that the listener is left in no doubt that the work is another towering masterpiece. Belshazzer is no different in this but on this hearing seems to me to rely less on novelty and artifice and more on purely solidly inspired music! The effect, most notably in Act 1, is of an obviously serious work. As ever, of course, there are numerous truly memorable songs and beautiful choruses.

This set is an outstanding bargain - a first rate performance ... or more than that. Pinnock has never done anything unmusical in his life. His pacing and phrasing here is masterly and full of life, full of music. The sound of the English Concert is as attractively blended as ever. The choir sings beautifully. Finally, the cast are all excellent. James Bowman is, I suspect, a counter tenor who divides opinion somewhat - there is a strong flavour to his singing - but I am a real fan! I love the sound he makes and he is a consumate musician. Rolfe-Johnson and Auger also sing beautifully and there is no weak member to the cast.

At this price there is no better way to start your exploration of Handel's wonderful legacy of dramatic oratorios. Or, if you've already begun that journey, you will find this an extraordinarily cheap way to add a priceless jewel to your collection!
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