The Trinity Choir and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra’s recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt is now available on the Musica Omnia label. The San Francisco Examiner called the performance “absolutely delightful.”
The oratorio is conducted by Julian Wachner, Director of Music and the Arts for Trinity. The soloists on the album all come from the Trinity Choir. “You get a sense of the collaborative methodology that the choir has,” said Julian Wachner, “everyone gets to display their individual talents.”
There are two versions of the oratorio, which tells the story of Exodus. First staged in 1739, it was revived in 1756, including a completely reworked Part I. This is the only recording that includes both the 1739 and 1756 versions of the oratorio.
In addition, Trinity Choir and Novus NY, Trinity’s contemporary ensemble, released Averno by Elena Ruehr on AVR-AVIE Records. This recording represents the debut performance of Novus NY from 2011, and was also conducted by Wachner. This album includes a cantata set to the poems of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Louise Glück, as well as works inspired by Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes.