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Handel: Messiah; Saul; Alexander's Feast; Ode on St. Cecilia's Day; Belshazzar / Gale, Lipovsek, Hollweg, Fischer-Dieskau, Rolfe Johnson, Esswood, Varady, Tear, Palmer. Harnoncourt (rec. 1976-85) [9 CDs]

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

These five splendid works for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra were composed by Handel in the 1730s and 1740s. Treating both sacred and secular themes, they are inspired by the same dramatic genius that made Handel a master of opera. Conducting a dazzling array of soloists and Concentus Musicus Wien, the groundbreaking ensemble he established in the early 1950s, Nikolaus Harnoncourt unfolds their narratives with his customary flair, precision and immediacy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (04/28/1985); Musikvereinssaal, Vienna (04/28/1985); Berwald Hall, Stockholm (11/1982); Musikvereinssaal, Vienna (11/1982).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
  • Performers: Elisabeth Gale (Soprano); Werner Hollweg; Roderick Kennedy (Voice)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Running Time: 134 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
  • Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Elisabeth Gale (Soprano); Matthias Hölle (Bass); Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Julia Varády; Helmut Wildhaber (Voice)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 67 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738