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George Frideric Handel

K&K 7

Joshua

Oratorio in 3 Acts
  • Miriam Allen
  • Daid Allsopp
  • Mark LeBrocq
  • James Rutherford
Maulbronner Kammerchor
Hannoversche Hofkapelle/Jurgen Budday
K&K KUK07 2CDs 140m DDD

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.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech

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