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HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1751 version) (New College Oxford Choir, Academy of Ancient Music, E. Higginbottom)

Composer(s)Handel, George Frideric
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.570131-32
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available
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Handel’s most popular and joyous oratorio, a work of unfailing melodic invention and dramatic expressiveness, has become almost a British national institution, regularly performed by all manner of choirs and orchestras. This new recording provides the only modern re-construction of Handel’s unique London performances in 1751, when he used boy treble voices not only for the choruses but for the arias as well. It is both a celebration of the British chapel choir tradition and a window onto a particular time and place in the history of Handel’s own performances of his masterpiece.

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HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1751 version) (New College Oxford Choir, Academy of Ancient Music, E. Higginbottom) 2:22:19   
  Messiah, HWV 56 (1751 Version)          
      Part I: Sinfonia 3:04       
      Part I: Accompanied recitative: Comfort ye, my people (Tenor) 3:16       
      Part I: Aria: Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor) 3:19       
      Part I: Chorus: And the glory of the Lord 2:32       
      Part I: Accompanied recitative: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (Bass) 1:27       
      Part I: Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Countertenor) 4:31       
      Part I: Chorus: And He shall purify 2:32       
      Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son (Countertenor) 0:24       
      Part I: Aria and Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Countertenor) 5:41       
      Part I: Accompanied recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass) 2:11       
      Part I: Aria: The people that walked in darkness (Bass) 3:34       
      Part I: Chorus: For unto us a Child is born 3:52       
      Part I: Pifa 2:14       
      Part I: Accompanied recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field (Trebles) 1:28       
      Part I: Chorus: Glory to God in the highest 2:15       
      Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Tenor) 4:06       
      Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Countertenor) 0:24       
      Part I: Aria: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Countertenor, Treble) 4:54       
      Part I: Chorus: His yoke is easy, His burthen is light 2:14       
      Part II: Chorus: Behold, the Lamb of God 2:55       
      Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Countertenor) 12:21       
  Messiah, HWV 56 (1751 Version)          
      Part II: Chorus: Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows 2:03       
      Part II: Chorus: And with His stripes we are healed 1:55       
      Part II: Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray 3:34       
      Part II: Accompanied recitative: All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn (Tenor) 0:42       
      Part II: Chorus: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him 2:20       
      Part II: Accompanied recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor) 1:47       
      Part II: Aria: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow (Tenor) 1:33       
      Part II: Accompanied recitative: He was cut off out of the land of the living (Treble) 0:18       
      Part II: Aria: But thou didst not leave His soul in hell (Treble) 1:59       
      Part II: Chorus: Lift up your heads, O ye gates 3:09       
      Part II: Recitative: Unto which of the angels said He at any time (Tenor) 0:19       
      Part II: Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship Him 1:40       
      Part II: Aria: Thou art gone up on high (Countertenor) 3:10       
      Part II: Chorus: The Lord gave the word 1:12       
      Part II: Aria: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace (Treble) 2:18       
      Part II: Chorus: Their sound is gone out into all lands 1:32       
      Part II: Aria: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Bass) 2:49       
      Part II: Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder 1:53       
      Part II: Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn (Tenor) 0:10       
      Part II: Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor) 2:17       
      Part II: Chorus: Hallelujah 3:58       
      Part III: Aria: I know that my redeemer liveth (Treble) 5:49       
      Part III: Chorus: Since by man came death 2:04       
      Part III: Accompanied recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass) 0:38       
      Part III: Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass) 8:38       
      Part III: Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written (Countertenor) 0:16       
      Part III: Duet: O death, where is thy sting (Countertenor and Tenor) 1:06       
      Part III: Chorus: But thanks be to God 2:11       
      Part III: Aria: If God is for us, who can be against us (Countertenor) 4:52       
      Part III: Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 3:18       
      Part III: Chorus: Amen 3:35       
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