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Handel: Messiah

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2007

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master


London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Sara Mingardo


Alastair Miles


Susan Gritton


Mark Padmore




Barbican Centre, London

11&12 December 2006


James Mallinson


Jonathan Stokes

Neil Hutchinson

Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 145:35
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  Part I  
1 No 1 Sinfonia (Overture) 3:44
2 No 2 Comfort ye My people (tenor) 2:59
3 No 3 Ev’ry valley shall be exalted (tenor) 3:34
4 No 4 And the glory of the Lord (chorus) 2:45
5 No 5 Thus saith the Lord (bass) 1:30
6 No 6 But who may abide the day of His coming? (alto) 4:17
7 No 7 And He shall purify (chorus) 2:21
8 No 8 Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto) 0:24
9 No 9 O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto) 3:56
10 O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (chorus) 1:43
11 No 10 For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass) 2:26
12 No 11 The people that walked in darkness (bass) 3:10
13 No 12 For unto us a child is born (chorus) 4:06
14 No 13 Pifa (‘Pastoral Symphony’) 3:08
15 No 14a There were shepherds abiding in the field (soprano) 1:54
  No 14b And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (soprano) No 15 And the angel said unto them (soprano) No 16 And suddenly there was with the angel (soprano)  
16 No 17 Glory to God (chorus) 1:39
17 No 18 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano) 4:38
18 No 19 Then shall the eyes of the blind (alto) 0:26
19 No 20 He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (alto, soprano) 4:59
20 No 21 His yoke is easy (chorus) 2:11
  Part II  
21 No 22 Behold the Lamb of God (chorus) 3:28
22 No 23 He was despised (alto) 9:56
23 No 24 Surely He hath borne our griefs (chorus) 2:20
24 No 25 And with His stripes we are healed (chorus) 2:30
25 No 26 All we like sheep have gone astray (chorus) 4:10
26 No 27 All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn (tenor) 0:49
27 No 28 He trusted in God (chorus) 2:28
28 No 29 Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (tenor) 2:26
29 No 30 Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (tenor) 1:26
30 No 31 He was cut off out of the land of the living (tenor) 0:21
31 No 32 But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell (tenor) 2:29
32 No 33 Lift up your heads, O ye gates (chorus) 3:12
33 No 34 Unto which of the angels said He at any time (tenor) 0:14
34 No 35 Let all the angels of God worship Him (chorus) 1:26
35 No 36 Thou art gone up on high (bass) 3:22
36 No 37 The Lord gave the word (chorus) 1:11
37 No 38 How beautiful are the feet (soprano) 2:25
38 No 39 Their sound is gone out (chorus) 1:36
39 No 40 Why do the nations so furiously rage together? (bass) 2:40
40 No 41 Let us break their bonds asunder (chorus) 1:44
41 No 42 He that dwelleth in Heaven (tenor) 0:16
42 No 43 Thou shalt break them (tenor) 2:05
43 No 44 Hallelujah (chorus) 3:43
  Part III  
44 No 45 I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano) 5:59
45 No 46 Since by man came death (chorus) 2:18
46 No 47 Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass) 0:36
47 No 48 The trumpet shall sound (bass) 8:38
48 No 49 Then shall be brought to pass (alto) 0:18
49 No 50 O death, where is thy sting? (alto, tenor) 1:09
50 No 51 But thanks be to God (chorus) 2:05
51 No 52 If God be for us (soprano) 4:50
52 No 53a Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (chorus) 3:27
53 No 53b Amen (chorus) 4:08
  TT 146:10      
 Susan Gritton soprano
 Sara Mingardo alto
 Mark Padmore tenor
 Alastair Miles bass
 Sir Colin Davis

Handel’s masterpiece uses short texts from the Bible to tell the story of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. Imbued with a deep humanity and written with the imagination of a composer at the peak of powers, Messiah is intimate yet dramatic and includes some of Handel’s best-loved music.


"this one [recording[ definitely belongs in the hall of fame ... The musicality in this set is terrific, the Tenebrae Choir a marvel to behold, and the LSO playing like they never have. The soloists are outstanding. The DVD is a bonus, with eleven numbers from the concert performance, plus an interview with Davis ... This is a marvelous set by a man who knows the work perhaps better than anyone, and can get to the heart and soul of Handel’s celebrated score. Bravo!"

Audiophile Audition - November 2007

"... I would add the unflagging energy of the choral singing and its phenomenal accuracy: the members of Tenebrae ... are clearly all top musical athletes."

International Record Review - December 2007

"The choral singing, from Tenebrae, is jaw-droppingly beautiful"

The Guardian - 14 December 2007

"a tremendous new recording"

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