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HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1751 version) (New College Oxford Choir, Academy of Ancient Music, E. Higginbottom)


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HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1751 version) (New College Oxford Choir, Academy of Ancient Music, E. Higginbottom)

Handel’s most popular and joyous oratorio, a work of unfailing melodic invention and dramatic expressiveness, has become almost a British national institution, regularly performed by all manner of choirs and orchestras. This new recording provides the only modern re-construction of Handel’s unique London performances in 1751, when he used boy treble voices not only for the choruses but for the arias as well. It is both a celebration of the British chapel choir tradition and a window onto a particular time and place in the history of Handel’s own performances of his masterpiece.

Disc 1

Handel, George Frideric
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Messiah, HWV 56 (1751 Version)
1.   Part I: Sinfonia 00:03:04
2.   Part I: Accompanied recitative: Comfort ye, my people (Tenor) 00:03:16
3.   Part I: Aria: Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor) 00:03:19
4.   Part I: Chorus: And the glory of the Lord 00:02:32
5.   Part I: Accompanied recitative: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (Bass) 00:01:27
6.   Part I: Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Countertenor) 00:04:31
7.   Part I: Chorus: And He shall purify 00:02:32
8.   Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son (Countertenor) 00:00:24
9.   Part I: Aria and Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Countertenor) 00:05:41
10.   Part I: Accompanied recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass) 00:02:11
11.   Part I: Aria: The people that walked in darkness (Bass) 00:03:34
12.   Part I: Chorus: For unto us a Child is born 00:03:52
13.   Part I: Pifa 00:02:14
14.   Part I: Accompanied recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field (Trebles) 00:01:28
15.   Part I: Chorus: Glory to God in the highest 00:02:15
16.   Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Tenor) 00:04:06
17.   Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Countertenor) 00:00:24
18.   Part I: Aria: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Countertenor, Treble) 00:04:54
19.   Part I: Chorus: His yoke is easy, His burthen is light 00:02:14
20.   Part II: Chorus: Behold, the Lamb of God 00:02:55
21.   Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Countertenor) 00:12:21

Disc 2

Handel, George Frideric
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Messiah, HWV 56 (1751 Version)
1.   Part II: Chorus: Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows 00:02:03
2.   Part II: Chorus: And with His stripes we are healed 00:01:55
3.   Part II: Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray 00:03:34
4.   Part II: Accompanied recitative: All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn (Tenor) 00:00:42
5.   Part II: Chorus: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him 00:02:20
6.   Part II: Accompanied recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor) 00:01:47
7.   Part II: Aria: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow (Tenor) 00:01:33
8.   Part II: Accompanied recitative: He was cut off out of the land of the living (Treble) 00:00:18
9.   Part II: Aria: But thou didst not leave His soul in hell (Treble) 00:01:59
10.   Part II: Chorus: Lift up your heads, O ye gates 00:03:09
11.   Part II: Recitative: Unto which of the angels said He at any time (Tenor) 00:00:19
12.   Part II: Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship Him 00:01:40
13.   Part II: Aria: Thou art gone up on high (Countertenor) 00:03:10
14.   Part II: Chorus: The Lord gave the word 00:01:12
15.   Part II: Aria: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace (Treble) 00:02:18
16.   Part II: Chorus: Their sound is gone out into all lands 00:01:32
17.   Part II: Aria: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Bass) 00:02:49
18.   Part II: Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder 00:01:53
19.   Part II: Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn (Tenor) 00:00:10
20.   Part II: Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor) 00:02:17
21.   Part II: Chorus: Hallelujah 00:03:58
22.   Part III: Aria: I know that my redeemer liveth (Treble) 00:05:49
23.   Part III: Chorus: Since by man came death 00:02:04
24.   Part III: Accompanied recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass) 00:00:38
25.   Part III: Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass) 00:08:38
26.   Part III: Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written (Countertenor) 00:00:16
27.   Part III: Duet: O death, where is thy sting (Countertenor and Tenor) 00:01:06
28.   Part III: Chorus: But thanks be to God 00:02:11
29.   Part III: Aria: If God is for us, who can be against us (Countertenor) 00:04:52
30.   Part III: Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 00:03:18
31.   Part III: Chorus: Amen 00:03:35

Total Playing Time: 02:22:19

Handel, George Frideric

Bible - New Testament

Higginbottom, Edward

Academy of Ancient Music

Oxford New College Choir

Brooks, Robert; Davies, Iestyn; Dougan, Eamonn; Jenkinson, Henry; Jones, Otta; Spence, Toby

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.570131-32

Barcode: 747313013173

Physical Release: 10/2006

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