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!"
"... I would add the unflagging energy of the choral singing and its phenomenal accuracy: the members of Tenebrae ... are clearly all top musical athletes."
"The choral singing, from Tenebrae, is jaw-droppingly beautiful"
"a tremendous new recording"