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Handel: Halleluja (Famous Choruses From Messiah) / Hofstetter, Neumeyer Consort


Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 884   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer ConsortMainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Messiah hardly needs an introduction. Known the world over, it is a masterpiece of baroque music and the subject of legion recordings over the years.

Having listened to a number of high quality of recordings - including those of Polyphony and Stephen Layton, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, and the Chapel Choir of New College, Oxford - and with several professional-level performances of the Messiah under my belt, this disc has to live up to some very high standards.

In short, it did. Oh my goodness did it ever!

The opening Sinfonia is a bold and vigorous explosion of expressive and well-tuned sound, and I was instantly engaged. The orchestral playing over the whole disc is light, nimble and
Read more musical. Ornamentation is in plentiful supply but always tastefully employed. At the start of each movement I was drawn into a passionate new sound-world, and the intensity never waned. The accompaniment of the choir was also brilliant. I never felt there to be a struggle for dominance between the instruments and singers. They work together perfectly.

The singing is also highly accomplished - musically sensitive and with some of the best English diction I have ever heard from a non-British ensemble. This, for me, makes all the difference. The phrasing and lines are strong, with ornamentation again tastefully employed. Something I found odd about a number of the movements was that much of the music was sung by a vocal quartet as opposed to the full choir. This, at times made the choral line a little thin. This was nothing to do with the quality of the singers - very high indeed - but as these choruses were composed for a larger ensemble, there were times when having a quartet seemed inappropriate. Anyway, the full choral ensemble was extremely strong, so I saw no reason why they did not participate in the entire disc.

Listening to this CD was an intense emotional experience as I was transported from the deepest despair to unbridled jubilation. I was disappointed only by the fact that this was not a complete recording of the Messiah. I wanted more!

An absolutely exquisite performance, and a must-have for any collection - brava!

-- Jake Barlow, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Messiah: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; England 
2.
Messiah, HWV 56: And with His stripes we are healed by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
3.
Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify the sons of Levi by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
4.
Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
5.
Messiah, HWV 56: Lift up your heads, o ye gates by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
6.
Messiah, HWV 56: Let us break their bonds asunder by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: Let all the angels of God worship Him by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
8.
Messiah, HWV 56: His yoke is easy and His burthen is light by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
9.
Messiah, HWV 56: He trusted in God, let Him deliver him by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
10.
Messiah, HWV 56: Glory to God in the highest by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
11.
Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
12.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
13.
Messiah, HWV 56: But thanks be to God by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
14.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold the Lamb of God by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
15.
Messiah, HWV 56: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
16.
Messiah, HWV 56: Amen by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
17.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
18.
Messiah, HWV 56: All we like sheep have gone astray by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
19.
Messiah, HWV 56: O death, where is thy sting? by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
20.
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet of them by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 

Sound Samples

Messiah, HWV 56: Sinfonia
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: And He shall purify
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: For unto a child is born
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Glory to God in the highest
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: His yoke is easy, his burthen is light
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Behold the Lamb of God
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: And with His stripes we are healed
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: All we like sheep have gone astray
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Lift up your heads, O ye gates
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Let all the angels of God worship Him
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: The Lord gave the word
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: How beautiful are the feet
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Let us break their bonds asunder
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Hallelujah
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: O death, where is thy sting
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: But thanks be to God
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Amen

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