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Handel: Messiah / Davis, Harper, Et Al

Release Date: 11/09/1993 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438356   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Leslie PearsonRalph DownesJohn Shirley-QuirkJohn Wakefield,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

2 CDs for the price of 1

Believe it or not this famous performance, lately available as a Philips Duo, actually disappeared from the domestic catalog this past year. Thank heavens it's back! Along with Mackerras' EMI recording, which appeared at the same time (1966/67), Davis' Messiah established the standard for properly scaled, tastefully ornamented renditions using modern instruments. Like all classic recordings, the musical values embodied on these two well-filled discs haven't diminished a bit. You can still enjoy Davis' lively and sympathetic direction, enthusiastic singing and playing by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, two fabulous
Read more female soloists, and though the men are a bit less distinguished, they certainly don't drag the standards down to any significant degree. The remastering doesn't significantly improve things sonically, and didn't need to. Now let's hope Philips leaves the bloody thing alone long enough for a new generation of Messiah listeners to discover its excellence. --David Hurwitz
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Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Leslie Pearson (Harpsichord), Ralph Downes (Organ), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass),
John Wakefield (Tenor), Helen Watts (Alto), Heather Harper (Soprano),
William Lang (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  London 
Length: 143 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Messiah / Part 1: Symphony
Messiah / Part 1: "Comfort Ye, My People"
Messiah / Part 1: "Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted"
Messiah / Part 1: "And The Glory Of The Lord"
Messiah / Part 1: "Thus Saith The Lord"
Messiah / Part 1: "But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming"
Messiah / Part 1: "And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi"
Messiah / Part 1: "Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive...O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion"
Messiah / Part 1: "For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth...The People That Walked In Darkness"
Messiah / Part 2: "How Beautiful Are The Feet"
Messiah / Part 1: "For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
Messiah / Part 2: "Their Sound Is Gone Out"
Messiah / Part 1: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Messiah / Part 2: "Why Do The Nations"
Messiah / Part 1: "There Were Shepherds...And Lo, The Angel Of The Lord... And The Angel Said Unto Them...And Suddenly"
Messiah / Part 1: "Glory To God In The Highest"
Messiah / Part 2: "Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder"
Messiah / Part 2: "He That Dwelleth...Thou Shalt Break Them"
Messiah / Part 1: "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion"
Messiah / Part 2: "Hallelujah"
Messiah / Part 1: "Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind"
Messiah / Part 1: "He Shall Feed His Flock"
Messiah / Part 3: "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
Messiah / Part 1: "His Yoke Is Easy"
Messiah, HWV 56 / Pt. 3: "Since By Man Came Death"
Messiah / Part 2: "Behold The Lamb Of God"
Messiah / Part 3: "Behold, I Tell You A Mystery"
Messiah / Part 2: "He Was Despised"
Messiah / Part 3: "The Trumpet Shall Sound"
Messiah / Part 2: "Surely He Hath Borne... And With His Stripes...All We Like Sheep"
Messiah / Part 2: "All They That See Him"
Messiah / Part 2: "He Trusted In God"
Messiah / Part 2: "Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart"
Messiah / Part 2: "Behold And See"
Messiah / Part 2: "He Was Cut Off...But Thou Didst Not Leave"
Messiah / Part 2: "Lift Up Your Heads"
Messiah / Part 2: "Unto Which Of The Angels...Let All The Angels"
Messiah / Part 2: "Thou Art Gone Up On High"
Messiah / Part 3: "Then Shall Be Brought...O Death Where Is Thy Sting...But Thanks Be To God"
Messiah / Part 2: "The Lord Gave The Word"
Messiah / Part 3: "If God Be For Us"
Messiah / Part 3: "Worthy Is The Lamb... Amen"

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