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Baroque - Handel: Messiah Highlights / Suzuki, Et Al


Release Date: 08/01/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1521   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John ElwesMidori SuzukiYoshikazu MeraDavid Thomas
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Handel's Messiah is undboubtedly one of the best loved, and most recorded, works in the history of music. Over the years, performances have ranged from occasions where the choir numbers more members than the audience, and the orchestra rivals that of Mahler's, to more scaled-down versions. When Masaaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan recorded the work some years ago, they chose a performance by Handel himself at Covent Garden in 1753 as their model. But most importantly: they sought to recreate the spirit of the work, as it germinated in the mind of Handel, and as it struck the hearts of the first audiences. According to many reviewers they succeeded! Handel's Messiah is undboubtedly one of the best loved, and most recorded, works in the history of music. Over the years, performances have ranged from occasions where the choir numbers more members than the audience, and the orchestra rivals that of Mahler's, to more scaled-down versions. When Masaaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan recorded the work some years ago, they chose a performance by Handel himself at Covent Garden in 1753 as their model. But most importantly: they sought to recreate the spirit of the work, as it germinated in the mind of Handel, and as it struck the hearts of the first audiences. According to many reviewers they succeeded! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Messiah, HWV 56: And without controversy, great is the mystery by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Elwes (Spoken Vocals)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 36 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Messiah, HWV 56: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Messiah, HWV 56: Comfort ye my people by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Messiah, HWV 56: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Messiah, HWV 56: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), John Elwes (Tenor),
David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold a Virgin shall conceive by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass), John Elwes (Tenor),
Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), David Thomas (Bass),
John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Messiah, HWV 56: And suddenly there was with the angel by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Messiah, HWV 56: Glory to God in the highest by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), David Thomas (Bass),
John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold the Lamb of God by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), Midori Suzuki (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass),
John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Messiah, HWV 56: He was despised and rejected by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto),
John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Messiah, HWV 56: And with His stripes we are healed by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Elwes (Tenor), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), Midori Suzuki (Soprano),
David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Messiah, HWV 56: All we like sheep have gone astray by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Elwes (Tenor), Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto),
David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), John Elwes (Tenor), Midori Suzuki (Soprano),
David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Messiah, HWV 56: Since by man came death by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), John Elwes (Tenor),
David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold, I tell you a mystery by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Messiah, HWV 56: The trumpet shall sound by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), John Elwes (Tenor), David Thomas (Bass),
Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 

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