Belshazzar - Handel


Les Editions Arts Florissants launched their collection with the Ensemble’s version of Belshazzar by Handel. The work, of which very few recordings exist, is one of the summits of Handelian oratorio. 

This box set includes a specially commissioned text by Jean Echenoz, “In Babylon.”

The work

Belshazzar is an oratorio in three acts by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759). Premièred in 1745, it is based on a libretto by Charles Jennens.

The performers 

William Christie, musical direction  

Belshazzar, King of Babylon
Allan Clayton

Nitocris, Mother of Belshazzar
Rosemary Joshua

Cyrus, Prince of Persia
Caitlin Hulcup

Daniel, a Jewish Prophet
Iestyn Davies

Gobrias, an Assyrian Nobleman
Jonathan Lemalu

Arioch, a Babylon Lord
Jean-Yves Ravoux

Geoffroy Buffière

Thibaut Lenaerts, Michael-Loughlin Smith, Damian Whiteley

Choir and Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants