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Handel: Messiah Highlights / Christopher Hogwood


Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 400086   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul ElliottCarolyn WatkinsonEmma KirkbyDavid Thomas,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicChrist Church Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD version is a digital re-matering of the tapes from which the original LPs were put on to record. The sound of the latter was pretty good, but that achieved on CD is even finer. Just to refresh your memory, this Messiah conforms with a Foundling Hospital performance of 1754, directed by Handel. Unlike the version recorded by John Gardiner on Philips, and those by almost all other groups, this one does not call for an alto. Carolyn Watkinson is the contralto here and she is excellent; so, too, are the other soloists. Another important distinction between Hogwood's set and most others is the use of boys' voices in the choir as opposed to women's. That is what Handel wanted and it is this feature of the recording which, perhaps more Read more than any other, makes it my own first choice. Gardiner's performance has his own exceptionally versatile Monteverdi Choir and a fine team of soloist for the most part. His orchestra, furthermore, is, at least in this instance, superior to the Academy of Ancient Music, both in matters of ensemble and in tone. Yet my preference is decided for Hogwood who seems to me to get closer to the spirit of the work as I understand it. Neither version is likely to cause disappointment on a technical level and, in the end, it is surely a matter of personal taste. The Decca set has slightly more reverberant acoustic, but both are admirably clear in detail.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [7/1984] Reviewing L'Oiseau-Lyre 430-488
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Works on This Recording

1.
Messiah, HWV 56: Comfort ye my people by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
2.
Messiah, HWV 56: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
3.
Messiah, HWV 56: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
4.
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
5.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold a Virgin shall conceive by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
6.
Messiah, HWV 56: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
8.
Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
9.
Messiah, HWV 56: Why do the nations so furiously rage by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
10.
Messiah, HWV 56: Let us break their bonds asunder by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
11.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
12.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
13.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold, I tell you a mystery by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
14.
Messiah, HWV 56: The trumpet shall sound by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
15.
Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Very Honest Effort April 4, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "This recording uses an all boys choir instead of women. That is an important distinction since that was the way Handel wanted it. The Messiah is a very long and demanding work which has made many singers hoarse. Hogwood the AAM and the boys do a good job here." Report Abuse
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