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Handel: Messiah / Hickox, Terfel, Langridge, Rodgers, et al

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Starring bass Bryn Terfel, this recording is acknowledged as ranking among the best period instrument versions of this work available and has received first-rate reviews. "...the choruses are fresh, resilient and fast without sounding breathless, and the set's special claim lies in the choice of soloists: the soprano, Joan Rodgers, and the bass, Bryn Terfel, both give formidable performances." - The Guardian "Richard Hickox... has succeeded in conveying to me the humanity of Handel's masterly score, its contrasts, its gestures, its radiance and its tenderness.." -The Guardian

"The period orchestra is immaculate. No surprise - its leader is violinist Simon Standage, and a few other well-known players of early music pop up as well. The refiner's fire dances lightly and gracefully. The approach of the heavenly host lights up the skies to announce the baby's birth. The stylish Crispian Steele-Perkins sounds the heroic trumpet... Colin Davis used to be my go-to recommendation for those new to the work, but its appeal has bleached out for me over the years. Hickox has replaced him." -Classical.net

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jane Butler, Lucinda Houghton, Ruth Dean, Janet Coxwell, Fiona Clarke, Carol Hall (soprano); Della Jones (mezzo soprano); Gerard O'Beirne, Philip Slane, Paul Badley, Philip Daggett, Philip Langridge (tenor); Christopher Robson (countertenor); Bryn Terfel (bass baritone); Robert Evans , Stephen Alder, Simon Birchall , Adrian Peacock, Stephen Charlesworth, Charles Pott (bass voice); Eric O'Dell, James Ellis, Julia Bishop, Diane Moore, Lucy Waterhouse, Susan Carpenter Jacobs, Miles Golding, Riza Browder, Micaela Comberti, Maya Homburger, Simon Standage (violin); Melanie Strover, David Brooker (viola); Dominic O'Dell (cello); Matthew Dixon , Anthony Robson, Cherry Forbes, Catherine Latham (oboe); Alberto Grazzi, Jeremy Ward (bassoon); Crispian Steele-Perkins , David Blackadder (trumpet); Ian Watson (harpsichord); David Stirling (timpani).

Recording information: St. Jude's Church, Central Square, London, England (01/11/1991-01/17/1991).


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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
  • Performers: Philip Langridge; Christopher Robson; Joan Rodgers (Soprano); Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Running Time: 128 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741