Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Athalia (2004)
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Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 1276-2 | Recorded: 2003
This is the third English Oratorio by Handel, composed in 1733 for the graduation ceremony at Oxford. It is in 3 acts to a libretto by Samuel Humphreys after the stage drama Athalie by Jean Racine. Incidentally, this was Racine's last tragedy penned in 1691. This biblical account taken from Kings 2, centres on the theme of the triumph of God through the revenge performed by his followers on those who blaspheme and oppose him.