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Bernstein Century - Handel: Messiah /Addison, Oberlin, et al

Audio Samples

  1. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part One: I. Overture (Sinfonia) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: II. Comfort Ye, My People (Recitative - Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: III. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted (Air - Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: IV. and the Glory of the Lord (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: V. Thus Saith the Lord (Recitative - Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: VI. But Who May Abide (Air - Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: VII. and He Shall Purify (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: VIII. Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive (Recitative - Countertenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: IX. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Air - Countertenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XII. for Unto Us a Child Is Born" (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XIII. Pastoral Symphony (Pifa) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XIVa. There Were Shepherds (Recitative - Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XIVb. And, Lo! the Angel of the Lord Came Upon Them (Recitative - Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XV. and the Angel Said Unto Them (Recit. - Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XVI. and Suddenly There Was With the Angel (Recitative - Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XVII. Glory to God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XVIII. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion (Air - Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XIX. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened (Recitative - Countertenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XX. He Shall Feed His Flock (Air - Countertenor and Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XXXIII. Lift Up Your Heads (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XL. Why Do the Nations (Air - Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLI. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLII. He That Dwelleth In Heaven (Reciative. - Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLIII. Thou Shalt Break Them (Air - Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLIV. Hallelujah! (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: Part Two: Easter Section: Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XXIII. He Was Despised (Air - Countertenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XXV. and With His Stripes We Are Healed (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XXVI. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XVII. All They That See Him (Recitative - Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XVIII. He Trusted In God (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XXIX. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart (Recitative - Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XXX. Behold, and See If There Be Any Sorrow (Air - Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XXXI. He Was Cut Off (Recitative - Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLV. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Air - Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLVI. Since By Man Came Death (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLVII. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery (Recitative - Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: XLVIII. the Trumpet Shall Sound (Air - Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Handel — Messiah, HWV 56: LII. Worthy Is the Lamb; Blessing and Honour, Glory and Power, Be Unto Him (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

This version of Handel's 'Messiah' could quite possibly be feasible today only as a Bernstein reissue. The quest for authenticity has overtaken the performance and recording of early music, and even a conductor recording 'Messiah' without attempting a historically-informed style of performance wouldn't dare introduce the level of revision that Bernstein did for this 1956 recording and the Carnegie Hall performances which preceded it.

The irony here is that Bernstein's rearrangement of the sections works as the dramatic sequence he intended, and his reasons for doing it make sense. He made no claims to authenticity and didn't apologize for mucking about with a "masterpiece." Bernstein saw the second part of the work as falling into two sections: switching them put the "joyful" music of the latter half of Part II immediately after Part I (the "Christmas" section), reshaping the whole work into two large parts rather than three.

This is a powerful, vibrant 'Messiah' with elegant solo singing and a chorus which could sing softly when necessary and let the great choruses rip through. Although not for purists, it is both a fascinating document of Bernstein's concept of the piece and a performance well worth owning.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
  • Performers: Adele Addison (Soprano); David Lloyd (Tenor); Russell Oberlin (Countertenor); William Vacchiano (Trumpet); William Warfield
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 110 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio