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Handel: Messiah / Karina Gauvin, Robin Blaze, Rufus Muller, Brett Polegato. Tafelmusik

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  1. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Sinfonia $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Accompanied Recitative. Comfort Ye, My People (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: And the Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Accompanied Recitative. Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Air. But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: And He Shall Purify the Sons of Levi (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Recitative. Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive (Alto) - Air: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Alto, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Accompanied Recitative. for Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Air. The People That Walked in Darkness (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: For Unto Us a Child Is Born (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) - Accompanied Recitative. There Were Shepherds [Soprano] $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Glory to God in the Highest (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Air. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: Recitative. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened (Soprano) - Duet: He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shephered [Alto, Sopra $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. I: His Yoke Is Easy, His Burthen Is Light (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Behold, the Lamb of God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Air. He Was Despised (Alto)
  18. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: And With His Stripes We Are Healed (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Accompanied Recitative. All They That See Him Laugh Him to Scorn (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: He Trusted in God That He Would Deliver Him (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Arioso. Behold, and See If There Be Any Sorrow (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Accompanied Recitative. He Was Cut Off Out of the Land of the Living (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Air. But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Recitative. Unto Which of the Angels (Tenor) - Let All the Angels (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Air. Thou Art Gone Up On High (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: The Lord Gave the Word (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Air. How Beautiful Are the Feet (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Air. Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Recitative. He That Dwelleth in Heaven (Tenor) - Air. Thour Shalt Break Them [Tenor] $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. II: Hallelujah (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Air. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Since By Man Came Death (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Accompanied Recitative. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Air. The Trumpet Shall Sound (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Recitative. Then Shall Be Brought to Pass the Saying (Alto) - Duet. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? [Alto, Tenor] $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: But Thanks Be to God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Air: If God Be for Us (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. III: Amen (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir present an intimate and stirring performance of Handel's Messiah. This 2-CD recording of the full score on period instruments features a stellar cast of soloists including Karina Gauvin, Robin Blaze, Rufus Müller and Brett Polegatol. Tafelmusik presents this baroque masterpiece with the spirit and vitality of Handel's own 18th-century productions. A perennial favorite with audiences and critics alike, Tafelmusik's Messiah has garnered glowing reviews year after year.

WQXR (New York)
... it goes to show the staying power and versatility of this Christmas-season favorite.

Musical Toronto
The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir was beautifully balanced, the orchestra a burnished wonder of gentle texture and sharp rhythm.

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
The big choruses such as "Hallelujah! The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth" and "Worthy is the Lamb" are grand and glorious .

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Generally the pacing is on the relaxed and restrained side. Certainly he has developed in his 24-member choir an ensemble of tonal sheen, tight precision, and balance of parts. Among the soloists, Polegato has the most assertive personality. Countertenor Blaze makes a good showing in all the alto parts. She also delivers the most purely beautiful singing of the four. The recording, taken from concert performances in December 2011, is quite free of audience noises and crystal clear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada (12/14/2011-12/17/2011).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
  • Conductor: Ivars Taurins
  • Ensemble: Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada (12/14/2011-12/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741