Total Eclipse: Music for Handelís Tenor | Naxos 8573914

Total Eclipse: Music for Handelís Tenor


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573914

Barcode: 0747313391479

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 12th April 2019



Aaron Sheehan (tenor)
Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra


Stephen Stubbs


Handel, George Frideric

Alexander's Feast, HWV75 (excerpts)
Concerti grossi (6), op.3
» no.2 in B flat major, HWV313
Concerti grossi (12), op.6
» no.7 in D major, HWV325
Israel in Egypt, HWV54
» The enemy said, I will pursue
Messiah, HWV56 (excerpts)
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76
» Sharp violins proclaim their jealous pangs
Samson, HWV57 (excerpts)
Saul, HWV53 (excerpts)


Aaron Sheehan (tenor)
Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra


Stephen Stubbs


John Beard (c. 1716Ė1791) was a young tenor who came to George Frideric Handelís attention when still a teenager. He inspired the great composer to give new focus to the tenor voice within his English oratorios. Beard was Handelís ideal in his demands for Ďarticulate utterance of the words and a just expression of the melodyí Ė a collaboration that climaxed in Handelís creation of the first truly great tenor part as the hero in Samson. Grammy Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan steps into John Beardís shoes equipped with a voice of Ďshining quality and deep sensitivityí (The New York Times).

This recording is the result of Pacific MusicWorksí artistic director Stephen Stubbs and tenor Aaron Sheehanís collaboration, to create an entirely new Handel programme that focuses on Sheehanís deeply expressive tenor voice, and we are proud to have such a recording on the Naxos label.

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