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Handel: Messiah / Christophers, Sampson, Padmore, The Sixteen

Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16062   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark PadmoreCarolyn SampsonChristopher PurvesCatherine Wyn-Rogers
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hot on the heels of their landmark appearance on BBC Four's Sacred Music programme Harry Christophers and his award-winning ensemble The Sixteen are releasing a brand new recording of Handel's Messiah. On this disc The Sixteen and Harry Christophers are joined by four soloists, all revered Handelians who have had a long association with the choir - Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore and Christopher Purves. Indeed, Carolyn, Mark and Christopher all sung as members of the choir before embarking on successful solo careers. The Sixteen has performed Messiah over 150 times and over the years the two have become synonymous with one another. Arguably the most famous oratorio ever written and certainly Handel's best known work, Read more Messiah needs little introduction. Composed in a staggering 24 days, Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 where it received a rapturous welcome. Harry Christophers first conducted Messiah in 1985 and has been celebrated by audience and critics alike for his gripping and inventive interpretations ever since. Over the years 'The Sixteen's Messiah' has become almost legendary with audiences flocking to performances year after year and, of course, Harry's interpretation of this great masterpiece has changed and developed. This exceptional new recording demonstrates an accomplished expertise, honed over the past 23 years. "What a winning combination: Handel's Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of the early music choirs" The Daily Telegraph "All hail the über choir...the annual account of Handel's Messiah elevated by choral singing that came close to perfection...immaculate intonation and crystal-clear textures." The Independent No matter how often they sing it, the Messiah of The Sixteen continues to open the eyes and unstop the ears." The Times "Christophers directed a particularly joyful, affectionate performance with the choir The Sixteen...In this performance harmony and invention were in abundance. The spirit of each number was compellingly crystallised, beautifully phrased and shaded with subtle, unfussy dynamics." The Daily Telegraph Read less

Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Alto)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 

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 Beautiful  January 26, 2016 By Dolores E K. (Alexandria, VA) See All My Reviews "I cannot speak about technicalities of the performance--only what my ears tell me: this is the most beautiful rendition of The Messiah that I have ever heard." Report Abuse
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