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Handel: Messiah / Butt, Hamilton, Gill, Wilkinson, Dunedin

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> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Recitative: All they that see Him (Tenor)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Soprano)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (Soprano)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: He was cut off out of the land of the living (Soprano)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell (Soprano)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Lift up your heads, O ye gates (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Unto which of the Angels (Tenor)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Let all the angels of God worship Him (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Thou art gone up on high (Bass)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: The Lord gave the word (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: How beautiful are the feet (Soprano, Alto)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Bass)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: He that dwelleth in heaven (Tenor)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Hallelujah (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: I know that my redeemer liveth (Soprano)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: Since by man came death (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: The trumpet shall sound (Bass)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: Then shall be brought to pass the saying (Alto)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: O death, where is thy sting (Alto, Tenor)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: But thanks be to God (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: If God be for us (Soprano)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part III: Amen (Chorus)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Part II: But who may abide

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

"For an infinitely more rewarding fresh look at Handel's most familiar music, look no further than the Dunedin Consort's performance of Handel's first version, premiered at Dublin in 1742. Bizarrely under-represented in concert and on disc, the Dublin score contains some fascinating music that Handel never reused, such as the substantial chorus "Break forth into joy". The exuberant direction by harpsichordist John Butt is meticulously stylish and utterly devoid of crassly pretentious egotism. The playing is unerringly spontaneous and dramatically integrated with singers who illustrate profound appreciation of text. Clare Wilkinson's "He was despised" is most moving, Susan Hamilton effortlessly skips through a delicious "Rejoice greatly", and bass Matthew Brook sings as if his life depends on it.

Butt bravely resolves to use the same forces Handel had at his disposal in Dublin, which means that the entire oratorio is sung by a dozen singers (with all soloists required to participate in the choruses, as Handel would have expected). Where this approach might risk worthy dull solos churned out by stalwart choir members, the Dunedin Consort's exemplary singers produce virtuoso choruses that are theatrically charged, splendidly poised and exquisitely blended. Old warhorses "For unto us a child is born" and "Surely he hath borne our griefs" are delightfully inspiring. Butt and the Dunedin Consort marry astute scholarship to sincere artistic expression and the result is comfortably the freshest, most natural, revelatory and transparently joyful Messiah I have heard for a very long time." -Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine
The Dunedin Consort's recording of Handel's Messiah strips the work back to how it was performed at its first outing in Dublin. Even less ornate than other 'authentic' performances, it is innately spiritual, and deeply satisfying.

Gramophone Magazine
The freshest, most natural, revelatory and transparently joyful Messiah I have heard for a very long time



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>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
  • Performers: Heather Cairncross (Alto); Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor); Edward Caswell (Bass); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone); Susan Hamilton
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Players
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, England (05/01/2006-05/04/2006)
  • Running Time: 129 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741