ClassicsOnline Home » HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1751 version) (New College Oxford Choir, Academy of Ancient Music, E. Higginbottom) > Review List



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

Composer(s):Handel, George Frideric
Artist(s)
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.570131-32
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
FLAC
USD 15.98
 

 
MP3
USD 13.98
 

 


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.


   




Review By Naxos,

One swallow may not mean a summer, but a sudden fistful of Messiahs surely heralds the onset of Christmas. This one brings a new variation to a familiar theme by offering a reconstruction of Handel’s London performances of April-May 1751, when he used trebles from the Chapel Royal for the arias as well as the choruses. Edward Higginbottom has drawn on his own choir, that of New College, Oxford, to recreate the ethereal soprano solos with boys’ voices, amid a collegiate ensemble much like the composer’s own.



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

In his 1751 reconstruction Higginbottom used boy trebles not only for the choruses but for the soprano arias we well. Rejoice greatly is, however, allotted to the solo tenor, Toby Spence, who sings very pleasingly throughout. Higginbottom also uses the period-instrument Academy of Ancient Music, now producing orchestra sound of great transparency and refinement, and also the sweetest of string sounds. However, almost certainly, David Blackadder uses a bold modern instrument to play the obbligato in The Trumpet shall sound, strongly sung by Eamonn Dougan. Tempi are lively and the whole performance goes with a swing, with warmth and vitality the keynotes. For unto us a child is born sparkles, but Hallelujah has all the weigh one could want. The solo

more....







 

Affiliates  |  Classical Points  |  Press Room  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy

ClassicsOnline Newsletter Archive

Monthly Features on ClassicsOnline

Why choose ClassicsOnline?
ClassicsOnline is your source for classical music new releases, rare catalog, historical recordings and exclusive bargains. Our vast classical music catalog has over 1 Million tracks from more than 50,000 albums available in DRM-free MP3 (320kbps) and FLAC (lossless format). More than 500 new albums are added each month, all of which are carefully indexed, and searchable by Composer, Artist, Work and Label. Membership is free, and registration includes 5 free tracks for download. Get a free track every week and gain access to exclusive classical deals when you subscribe to our newsletter. ClassicsOnline was honored in 2010 as the Best Classical Download Site by the MIDEM Classical Awards Jury.

Some titles may not be available in all countries because of possible copyright or licensing restrictions.

Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.
Classicsonline.com – Your Classical Music Download Source
1:22:01 AM Sunday, December 28, 2014  -211-