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Handel: Messiah / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music


Release Date: 10/10/1991 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 430488   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma KirkbyCarolyn WatkinsonPaul ElliottDavid Thomas,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicChrist Church Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the Messiah that started it all, the first period instrument performance recorded with a choir of men and boys. It introduced music lovers the world over to Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby, and a whole host of performers who have since become ubiquitous as the "English Early Music Mafia," appearing as they do under zillions of different ensemble names on a variety of labels. Hogwood's performance still holds its own, however, as one of the finest and freshest available. A first-rate effort. --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com This is the Messiah that started it all, the first period instrument performance recorded with a choir of men and boys. It introduced music lovers the world over to Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby, and a whole host of performers who have since become ubiquitous as the "English Early Music Mafia," appearing as they do under zillions of different ensemble names on a variety of labels. Hogwood's performance still holds its own, however, as one of the finest and freshest available. A first-rate effort. --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
David Thomas (Bass), Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Language: English 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Great Re-issue November 18, 2014 By Carol B. (Toronto, ON) See All My Reviews "We are delighted to have this outstanding Messiah on CD, a copy of our original analogue version we bought in 1980. Celebrates the recently diseased Christopher Hogwood as well as a sparkling young Emma Kirkby." Report Abuse
 The turning point May 2, 2013 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "Hogwood's performance of Messiah seems to be the turning point in recorded performances. Here are light textures, well articulated playing, and excellent singing from a small group. The pacing seems natural, neither grand nor swift. Still a remarkable performance. Higgenbottom on Naxos and Jacobs on Harmonia Mundi are also very fine indeed. The choice may come down to price, availability, or singers." Report Abuse
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