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Published on Sep 26, 2011
Handel Belshazzar DVD Kenneth Tarver, Rosemary Joshua, Bejun Mehta, Kristina Hammarstrom, Neal Davies, Akadamie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Rene Jacobs HARMONIA MUNDI | HMD990902829 | 794881968794 | DVD2
Handel's oratorio Belshazzar, which tells the Biblical story of the fall of Babylon, is one of his most gripping works. From the dread prophecy with which it opens, through the dramatic account of Belshazzar's Feast and the conquest of the great empire by the Persian king Cyrus, Belshazzar is cinematic in scope, rich in character and spectacular in conception.The all-star cast includes Kenneth Tarver as Belshazzar and Bejun Mehta as Cyrus. 'the entire cast achieve an abundance of highly effective acting and dramatic visual ideas...most of the singers are superb...Bejun Mehta's coloratura in the noble Cyrus's faster arias is dazzling' (Gramophone). Also on Blu-ray HMD9809028.