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Handel: Messiah / Lucy Crowe, Andrew Staples, Tim Mead et al.; Le Concert d'Astrée; Emmanuelle Haïm

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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 14th December 2014
The vocal ornamentation, as sung by the outstanding solo quartet...sounds entirely stylish and idiomatic...Hanm's choir for this work, too, comprises mainly native English-speakers, and it shows in their trenchant diction. Their Hallelujah is magnificent...One of the most dramatic and exciting Messiahs in recent memory.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
The delivery of the choruses is crisply focused and shaped impressively, Hanm sensibly opts to hire top-notch English freelancers...There are a small number of occasions when Hanm could have let the music speak more naturally for itself...Nevertheless, the fusion of dramatic mood, orchestral texture and an inspired soloist often pays off handsomely.

Financial Times, 20th December 2014
Hanm directs the music with the same sort of Gallic lightness and grace that she absorbed during her early years with the French group Les Arts Florissants...The result is not as exhilarating as some, and sometimes a touch fussy, but Hanm finds expression wherever she looks and Le Concert d'AstrTe respond keenly.

The Times, 28th November 2014
The choir and orchestra of Le Concert d'AstrTe trot along with the trim rhythms now customary in "authentic" performances of Handel. Occasionally they slice their notes too abruptly for comfort...Among the soloists, Lucy Crowe and Christopher Purves are the most consistently pleasurable.

Following several acclaimed albums of Handel's operatic and choral masterpieces (including a triumphant Giulio Cesare with Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra and the oratorio La Resurrezione with British soprano Kate Royal), French harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm brings her fresh, expressive approach to the Messiah. Joining her for this long-awaited recording is Haïm's own choir and period-instrument orchestra, Le Concert d'Astrée, with four of the UK's finest Handelian singers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 1. Sinfony. Grave - Allegro moderato
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 2. Accompanied recitative. Comfort ye my people
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 3. Air. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 5. Accompanied recitative. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 6. Air. But who may abide the day of His coming?
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 7. Chorus. And he shall purify
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 7. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 8. Air & Chorus. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 9. Accompanied recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 10. Air. The people that walked in darkness
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 11. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 12. Pifa. Larghetto e mezzo piano
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 12. Recitative. There were shepherds abiding in the field
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 13. Accompanied recitative. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon the
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 13. Recitative. And the angel said unto them
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 14. Accompanied recitative. And suddenly there was with the angel
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 15. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 16. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 16. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 17. Duet. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 18. Chorus. His yoke is easy, His burthen is light
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 19. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 20. Air. He was despised
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 21. Chorus. Surely He hath borne our griefs
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 22. Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 23. Chorus. All we, like sheep, have gone astray
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 24. Accompanied recitative. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 25. Chorus. He trusted in God
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 26. Accompanied recitative. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 27. Arioso. Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 28. Accompanied recitative. He was cut off out of the land of the livin
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 29. Air. Thou didst not leave His soul in hell
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 30. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 30. Recitative. Unto which of the angels said He at any time
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 31. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship Him
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 32. Air. Thou art gone up on high
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 33. Recitative. The Lord gave the word
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 34a. Air. How beautiful are the feet
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 35a. Chorus. Their sound is gone out into all lands
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 36. Air. Why do the nations so furiously rage together
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 37. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 37. Recitative. He dwelleth in heaven
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 38. Air. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. no 39. Chorus. Hallelujah!
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 40. Air. I know that my Redeemer liveth
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 41. Chorus. Since by man came death
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 42. Accompanied recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 43. Air. The trumpet shall sound
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 43. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass the saying
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 44. Duet. O death, where is thy sting?
  • Performer: Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 45. Chorus. But thanks be to God
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 46. Air. If God be for us, who can be against us?
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 3. no 47. Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain - Amen
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Notes: Opéra de Lille (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741