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London Concert Choir

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus

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Handel
Judas Maccabaeus

Performers

Mary Nelson
soprano
William Towers
counter-tenor
Nathan Vale
tenor
Giles Underwood
bass
Counterpoint
period instrument ensemble
Mark Forkgen
conductor

Of all Handel’s oratorios, Judas Maccabaeus is second only to Messiah in popularity and is equally full of stirring choruses and beautiful arias. Judas, the great warrior-hero of the title, led a successful campaign during the second century BCE against the Hellenistic invaders who had ransacked the Temple in Jerusalem and were attempting to replace the Jewish religion with their own pagan practices. Handel’s music powerfully describes the changing mood of the people as they move through the whole gamut of emotions from wretchedness and despair to the triumph of victory.

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