Handel: Israel in Egypt
For our second performance as Orchestra in Residence for the Milton Abbey International Summer Music Festival, we’re delighted to once again be joined by the sensational VOCES8 and VOCES8 Scholars; alongside the Milton Abbey International Summer Music Festival Chorus.
AAM presents the oratorio by Handel that best conveys the composer’s gift for theatrical effect, dramatic grandeur and poignant contemplation. His three-part Israel in Egypt from 1739 charts the biblical Lamentation of the Israelites, their subsequent escape from captivity through the parted Red Sea and the triumphant celebration of their new-found freedom.
Via a divided choir and large orchestra complete with trumpets, trombones and drums, Handel depicts the frogs, flies and hailstones that confront the Israelites before conjuring an electrifying climax with the resplendent C major hymn of praise, ‘Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously’. The range and variety of Handel’s writing in Israel in Egypt is unprecedented and staggering.
“Versatile is certainly the word for VOCES8. The award-winning a capella octet has a repertoire that stretches from early English choral pieces to jazz standards and recent pop tunes. But above all, it is the on- stage presence, character and connection with the audience that has made it so successful.” THE TELEGRAPH
“[VOCES8] more than put their stamp on the festival… led by Barnaby Smith, a musical general who spearheaded all the musical endeavours and thus ensured quality in a class of its own… Jubilation and standing ovations at the close.” KULTUR