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Handel: Messiah

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2007


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras

Felicity Palmer


Robert Lloyd


Felicity Lott


Philip Langridge


The Huddersfield Choral Society


Henry Wood Hall, London

1-5 Jan 1988


Andrew Keener


Mike Hatch

Mike Clements

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Total Time - 126:28
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  CD 1 / Part One  

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Messiah (arr. Mozart, K572)

1 Overture 1:27
2 Allegro moderato 2:13
3 Recitative - Comfort ye (tenor) 3:13
4 Aria - Every Valley (tenor) 3:25
5 Chorus - And the Glory of the Lord 2:54
6 Recitative - Thus saith the Lord (bass) 1:28
7 Aria - But who may abide (bass) 4:30
8 Chorus - And He shall purify 2:33
9 Recitative - Behold! A Virgin (alto) 0:23
10 Aria - O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto) 5:38
11 Recitative - For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass) 2:10
12 Aria - The people that walked in darkness (bass) 3:24
13 Chorus - For unto us a Child is born 4:00
14 Pastoral Symphony - Recitative - There were shepherds (soprano) 3:17
15 Accompagnato - And lo!, the Angel (soprano) 0:23
16 Recitative - And the Angel said unto them (soprano) 0:34
17 Accompagnato - And suddenly there was with the Angel (soprano) 0:16
18 Chorus - Glory to God 1:49
19 Aria - Rejoice greatly (soprano) 4:35
20 Recitative - Then shall the eyes of the blind (alto) 0:22
21 Aria - He shall feed His flock Aria - Come unto him (soprano) 5:41
22 Chorus - His yoke is easy 2:29
  CD 1 TT: 56:56      
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1 Chorus - Behold the Lamb of God 2:38
2 Aria - He was despised (alto) 12:42
3 Chorus - Surely, He hath borne our griefs 1:59
4 Chorus - And with his Stripes 1:46
5 Chorus - All we like sheep have gone astray 3:56
6 Recitative - All they that see Him (tenor) 0:43
7 Chorus - He trusted in God 2:07
8 Recitative - Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (tenor) 1:55
9 Aria - Behold, and see (tenor) 1:27
10 Recitative - He was cut off (tenor) 0:15
11 Aria - But Thou didst not leave (tenor) 2:30
12 Chorus - Lift up your heads 2:56
13 Chorus - The Lord gave the Word 1:12
14 Aria - How beautiful are the feet of them (soprano) 2:17
15 Aria - Why do the nations (bass) 2:47
16 Chorus - Let us break their bonds asunder 1:44
17 Recitative - He that dwelleth in Heaven (tenor) 0:13
18 Aria - Thou shalt break them (tenor) 2:09
19 Chorus - Hallelujah! 3:42
  Part Three  
20 Aria - I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano) 7:01
21 Chorus - Since by man come death 2:08
22 Recitative - Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass) 0:31
23 Aria - The trumpet shall sound (bass) 3:53
24 Chorus - Worthy is the Lamb 3:39
25 Chorus - Amen 3:34
  CD 2 TT: 70:01      
 Felicity Lott soprano
 Felicity Palmer alto
 Philip Langridge tenor
 Robert Lloyd bass
 Sir Charles Mackerras

A stellar line-up of soloists, conductor, choir and orchestra combine forces in the re-mastered 2 CD set of Mozart’s arrangement of Handel’s much loved ’Messiah’.

In April 1742, shortly after the first performance of Messiah in Dublin for the city’s Charitable Musical Society, the Dublin Journal reported that the oratorio "was allowed by the greatest of Judges to be the finest Compostion of Musick that was ever heard".

Sir Charles Mackerras continues the constantly evolving performance history of one of the world’s most enduring masterpieces. 

Performance ****    -   Sound ***

"It was Mozart’s friend Gottfried Van Sweiten who fired his interest in the music of the Baroque period, especially Handel’s, commissioning additional orchestrations for several major works, including Messiah (1789). To Handel’s relatively small instrumental complement of oboes and strings, plus occasional trumpets and timpani, Mozart adds pairs of flutes, clarinets, bassoons and horns, plus three trombones, while expanding the role of the timpani. These days we regard Handel as not needing such expansion, but throughout the 19th century this version was commonly performed.

Perhaps we should regard this arranged version as Mozart’s commentary on Handel, or as a large-scale variation. In any case, this is not hack-work but an appealing tribute that translates the music’s idiom from Baroque to Classical, with many graceful and imaginative touches.

This 1988 recording, though not in the clearest sound, benefits from what was arguably the finest quartet of soloists then available, together with the confident participation of the Huddersfield Choral Society and the disciplined Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which moves efficiently and purposefully under the direction of Sir Charles Mackerras, a noted specialist in both composers.

The work is sung in the English Handel set rather than the German of Mozart’s Viennese performance. Mackerras also gives those arias reassigned by Mozart to other voices back to those Handel originally intended and he also makes standard cuts in Parts II and III. This won’t replace an all-Handel venture, such as the excellent one by William Christie, but by way of comparison it’s highly enjoyable."

George Hall

BBC Music Magazine - May 2006

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