Handel: Theodora

A favorite Handel oratorio recording from the Vanguard Classics catalogue returns to international availability

Theodora, one of only two oratorios by Georg Frideric Handel to deal with an explicitly Christian subject, was an unmitigated failure at its premiere – but Handel attributed it to the audience’s lack of sympathy for the story, although the oratorio was one of the composer’s personal favorites.

Heather Harper and Maureen Forrester head a cast that gives this late Handel work its due, accompanied on modern instruments by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted with spirit by Johannes Somary.