Handel, George Frideric (1685–1759)

Academy of Ancient Music

Patrizia Kwella Esther

Anthony Rolfe-Johnson Ahasuerus

Ian Partridge Mordecai

David Thomas Haman

Emma Kirkby Israelite woman

Paul Elliott 1st Israelite

Andrew King 2nd Israelite, Habdonah & officer

Drew Minter Priest

Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir

Chorus of the Academy of Ancient Music conductor

Christopher Hogwood

Year: 1985
Catalogue: Decca 414 423 2

About this album

Originally conceived in 1718 as a masque, Esther was reformulated by Handel as an oratorio (possibly the first ever in English) in 1732 in response to the London public’s waning interest in Italian opera.

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