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John Christopher Smith: Tobit - Oratorio after Handel - Alison Browner (mezzo-soprano); Barbara Hannigan (soprano); Knut Schoch (tenor); Linda Perillo (soprano);...
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  1. Tobit, oratorio (after Handel)
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The big "Handel" at the top of the front cover may occasion confusion in the mind of the listener who can't remember any Handel oratorio called Tobit (or Tobias). That's because the work is a pastiche of Handel's music, fitted with new words and arranged into a facsimile of a coherent story drawn from the Book of Tobias in the Bible. The creator was John Christopher Smith, the son of a German copyist and longtime associate of Handel born Johann Christoph Schmidt who anglicized his name when he went to work for Handel in ...