Handel - The Choice of Hercules, Dettingen Te Deum | Accent ACC26415

Handel - The Choice of Hercules, Dettingen Te Deum

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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC26415

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th September 2021

Contents

Artists

Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
Fflur Wyn (soprano)
Rachel Kelly (soprano)
Nathan Haller (tenor)
Cody Quattlebaum (bass-baritone)
Christ Church Cathedral Choir
FestspielOrchester Gottingen

Conductor

Laurence Cummings

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Te Deum in D major, HWV 283 'Dettingen'
The Choice of Hercules, HWV69

Artists

Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
Fflur Wyn (soprano)
Rachel Kelly (soprano)
Nathan Haller (tenor)
Cody Quattlebaum (bass-baritone)
Christ Church Cathedral Choir
FestspielOrchester Gottingen

Conductor

Laurence Cummings

About

This recording from the 2018 Gottingen Handel Festival presents two rarely heard works by George Frideric Handel: The Choice of Hercules and the Te Deum for the Victory of Dettingen.

In The Choice of Hercules from 1751, Handel musically processes the mythical theme of Hercules at the crossroads, whereby Hercules’ vacillation between virtue and lust is ideal for the back and forth in the search for the right path in life.

The Dettingen Te Deum, HWV 283, is a cantata composed by Handel in 1743. On 27 June 1743, the British army and its allies under the command of King George II had defeated the French army at the Battle of Dettingen. Handel was commissioned to write a Te Deum “with timpani and trumpets” for the victory celebrations.

Laurence Cummings, the Handel Festival Orchestra, outstanding soloists and the legendary Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford provide the successful performance.

Cast (The Choice of Hercules):
- Hercules: Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
- Pleasure: Fflur Wyn (soprano)
- Virtue: Rachel Kelly (soprano)
- Attendant of Pleasure: Nathan Haller (tenor)

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