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Handel: Messiah / Harnoncourt, Schäfer, Larsson, Concentus Musicus Wien

Release Date: 11/01/2005 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 72039   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christine SchäferAnna LarssonMichael SchadeHerbert Tachezi,   ... 
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus MusicusArnold Schoenberg Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...one of the most welcome releases of the year is Nikolaus Harnoncourt's new "Messiah" with the Concentus Musicus Wien...what makes this recording so satisfying is the warmth, serenity and pliant lyricism of the performance. We have come to expect fleet tempos from the early-music movement. If anything, Mr. Harnoncourt's tempos, over all, are spacious. The sweet-voiced tenor Michael Schade is given such freedom to shape the phrases of the accompanied recitative "Comfort ye my people," that you listen to these words as if you had never heard them before...The soprano Christine Schäfer and the alto Anna Larsson also do radiant and affecting work. The chorus sings with impressive
Read more clarity and full-bodied yet unforced sound...Mr. Harnoncourt adheres to the manuscripts and editions of the work he deems the most reliable, especially with regard to the size of the string ensembles in the various movements. But you will not be thinking about scholarly matters while listening to this revelatory recording."
- Anthony Tommasini, NEW YORK TIMES Read less

Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Anna Larsson (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Schade (Tenor),
Herbert Tachezi (Organ), Stefan Gottfried (Harpsichord), Herwig Tachezi (Cello),
Gerald Finley (Bass)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/2004 
Venue:  Live  Musikvereinsaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 140 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 

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