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Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah

COR16066

£12.99

WINNER MIDEM CLASSICAL AWARD 2009 FOR CHORAL WORKS

Special Edition Three-CD Set (Digital Two-Volume set)

Arguably the most famous oratorio ever written and certainly Handel’s best known work, Messiah needs little introduction. Composed in a staggering twenty-four days Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 where it received a rapturous welcome. Not so the following year when it premiered in London to a distinctly hostile reception. It wasn’t until Messiah began to be presented in charity performances at the Foundling Hospital in London that the public started to embrace the work we now regard as Handel’s greatest composition.

On this disc The Sixteen and Harry Christophers are joined by four soloists all revered Handelians who have had a long association with The Sixteen.

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Cath
erine Wyn-Rogers alto
Mark Padmore tenor
Christopher Purves bass
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

'What a winning combination: Handel’s Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of the early music choirs' The Daily Telegraph

 


Track Listing:

CDs 1 & 2
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Messiah


TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 2hrs 24mins

CD3
Special Edition Bonus CD (not available in download format) 

Handel
1. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Taken from track 4 of Heroes & Heroines (COR16025) 
2. The Lord our enemy has slain (Chorus) - Taken from disc 2, track 20 of Esther (COR16019) 
3. Nell dolce dell’obblio - Taken from track 10 of Fedel e Costante (COR16045) 

Harp concerto Op.4, No,6 in B flat 
4. Allegro 
5. Larghetto 
6. Allegro moderato 
Taken from disc 1, tracks 5, 6 & 7 of Alexander’s Feast (COR16028) 

7. Sinfonia to Act 2 (from Ariodante) - Taken from track 6 of Heroes & Heroines (COR16025) 
8. Recit & Aria: Scherza infida (from Ariodante) - Taken from track 7 of Heroes & Heroines (COR16025) 
9. Let the Bright Seraphim (Air & Chorus) -  Taken from disc 3, track 22 of Samson (COR16008)

TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 55.30

 


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