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

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  1. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: Comfort Ye (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: And the Glory (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: Thus Said the Lord (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Air: But Who May Abide? (Counter-tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: And He Shall Purify (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Recitative: Behold, a Virgin (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Air: O Thou That Tellest (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: For Behold, Darkness (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Air: The People That Walked (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: For Unto Us (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Pastoral Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Recitative: There Were Shepherds (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: And Lo, the Angel of the Lord (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Recitative: And the Angel Said Unto Them (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: And Suddenly (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Glory to God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Air: Rejoice Greatly (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Recitative: Then Shall the Eyes (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Air: And He Shall Feed His Flock (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: His Yoke Is Easy (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Behold the Land of God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Air: He Was Despised (Alto)
  24. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Surely, He Hath Borne (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: And With His Stripes (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: All We Like Sheep (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Accompagnato: All They That See Him (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: He Trusted In God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Accompagnato: Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Air: Behold, and See (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Accompagnato: He Was Cut Off (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Air: But Thou Didst Not Leave (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Lift Up Your Heads (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Recitative: Unto Which of the Angels (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Let All the Angels (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Air: Thou Art Gone Up On High (Counter-tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: The Lord Gave the Word (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Air: How Beautiful Are the Feet (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Their Sound Is Gone Out (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Air: Why Do the Nations (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Recitative: He That Dwelleth In Heaven (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Air: Thou Shalt Break Them (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Hallelujah (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Air: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Since By Man Came Death (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Accompagnato: Behold, I Tell You a Mystery (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Air: The Trumpet Shall Sound (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Air: Then Shall Be Brought to Pass (Counter-tenor) $0.99 on iTunes

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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>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