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