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Handel: Messiah / Somary, Price, Minton, Young, Diaz

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  1. Handel — No. 1 Sinfonia $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — No. 2 RECITATIVE-TENOR: Comfort ye my people $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — No. 3 AIR-TENOR: Ev’ry valley shall he exalted $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — No. 4 CHORUS: And the glory, The glory of the Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — No. 5 RECITATIVE-BASS: Thus saith the Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — No. 6 AIR-BASS: But who may abide $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — No. 7 CHORUS: And He shall purify $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — No 8 RECITATIVE-ALTO: Behold, A virgin shall conceive $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — No. 9 AIR-ALTO & CHORUS: O thou that tellest $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — No. 10 RECITATIVE-BASS: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — No. 11 AIR-BASS: The people that walked in darkness $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — No. 12 CHORUS: For unto us a child is born $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — No. 13 PlFA (Pastoral Symphony) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — No. 14 RECITATIVES-SOPRANO: There were shepherds; and lo, The Angel of the Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — No. 15 RECITATIVE-SOPRANO: And the angel said unto them $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — No. 16 RECITATIVE-SOPRANO: And suddenly there was with the angel $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — No. 17 CHORUS: Glory to God in the highest $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — No. 18 AIR-SOPRANO: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — No. 19 RECITATIVE-ALTO: Then shall the eyes of the blind $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — No. 20 DUET-ALTO & SOPRANO: And he shall feed his flock $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — No. 21 CHORUS: His yoke is easy $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — No. 22 CHORUS: Behold the Lamb of God $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — No. 23 AIR-ALTO: He was despised
  24. Handel — No. 24 CHORUS: Surely he hath borne our griefs $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — No. 25 CHORUS: And with His stripes we are healed $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — No. 26 CHORUS: All we like sheep $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — No. 27 RECITATIVE-TENOR: All they that see Him $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — No. 28 CHORUS: He trusted in God $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — No. 29 RECITATIVE-TENOR: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — No. 30 AIR-TENOR: Behold, And see if there be any sorrow $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — No. 31 RECITATIVE-TENOR: He was cut off out of the land $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — No. 32 AIR-TENOR: But thou didst not leave $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — No. 33 CHORUS: Lift up your heads $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — No. 34 RECITATIVE-TENOR: Unto which of the angels $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Handel — No. 35 CIIORUS: Let all the angels of God worship Him $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Handel — No. 36 AIR-ALTO: Thou art gone up on high $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Handel — No. 37 CHORUS: The Lord gave the word $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Handel — No. 38 AIR-SOPRANO: How beautiful are the feet $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Handel — No. 39 CHORUS: Their sound is gone out $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Handel — No. 40 AIR-BASS: Why do the nations? $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Handel — No. 41 CHORUS: Let us break their bonds asunder $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Handel — No. 42 RECITATIVE-TENOR: He that dwelleth in heaven $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Handel — No. 43 AIR-TENOR: Thou shalt break them $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Handel — No. 44 CHORUS: Hallelujah $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Handel — No. 45 AIR-SOPRANO: I know that my Redeemer liveth $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Handel — No.46 CHORUS: Since by man came death $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Handel — No. 47 RECITATIVE-BASS: Behold, I tell you a mystery $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Handel — No. 48 AIR-BASS: The trumpet shall sound $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Handel — No. 49 RECITATIVE-ALTO: Then shall be brought to pass $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Handel — No. 50 OUET-ALTO & TENOR: O death. where is thy sting? $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

One of the world's great Handel interpreters, Johannes Somary conducts a spirited, lively and profoundly revealing performance of one of Handel's most enduring dramatic works. While many interpreters of 'The Messiah' approach it solely as a document of religious faith, Somary restores to it much of its "theatricality," bringing to the fore the music's stylistic similarities to Handel's other oratorios: his first chorus's dance-like flair similar to that of 'Queen of Heaven' from 'Theodora;' the last aria's graceful minuet; the breezy madrigals and dances reminiscent of 'How Engaging, How Endearing' and 'Now Love that Everlasting Boy' in 'Semele;' and the accompanied recitatives, some quite violent in temperament, so akin to Handel's theatre pieces.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
  • Performers: Margaret Price; Colin Tilney (Harpsichord); Colin Tilney (Organ); Justino Vocals] (Bass Baritone); Alexander Young (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Johannes Somary
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 141 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741