Handel's 'Israel in Egypt'
Thanet Festival Choir and Thanet Festival Orchestra, with the Seventy Chamber Choir, present Handel's powerful and dramatic oratorio 'Israel in Egypt'
Handel’s oratorio tells the story of the Plagues of Egypt and the Exodus. Unlike most oratorios the plot is not driven by individual passions and actions but presents and celebrates the story of the people of Israel. The chorus, unusually, is the protagonist, driving the story forwards, with fully three quarters of the work consisting of choral movements – some for double chorus. The solo and duet arias play a relatively minor role. but nevertheless contain beautiful music, for example, the Bass duet ’The Lord is a man of war’. As one might expect from Handel, ’Israel’ is a musically inventive, cohesive and powerful work in which the composer made use of every choral texture in his repertoire: it is full of word painting, where the sound of the music imitates the imagery of the text, enhancing the dramatic effect and sense of excitement.