Notes & Reviews:
This new release in the Great Vocal Works Series presents a rare recording of Mozart's edition of the Messiah interpreted by Helmuth Rilling and recorded in 1991.
MusicWeb International, 28th November 2013
Any Handel enthusiast will want to have several versions of the original to correspond with at least some of the many composer's own variants, but they should also have at least one recording of Mozart's arrangement as a supplement. This recording would be a very satisfactory way of achieving that, as well as giving considerable pleasure to the non-specialist.
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
First things first. Our first recording is of Mozart's K 572. By now it is well known that Mozart was commissioned by Baron Gottfried van Swieten to prepare "modernized" revisions of four Handel works, Messiah among them. Mozart made cuts and revisions of the score and effectively rewrote the orchestral parts.
Personnel: Cornelia Kallisch, Donna Brown (soprano); Roberto Sacca (tenor); Alastair Miles (bass voice).
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
- Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
- Ensemble: Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart
- Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1741