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Gemini - Handel: Messiah / Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey, Et Al


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 17645   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel RameyJohn AlerFlorence QuivarKathleen Battle
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirToronto Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A real symphonic account which respects Handel's original conception.

Not everyone wants a recording of Messiah performed by a period instrument group with relatively small forces. I say that despite the fact that such recordings have become immensely sophisticated in the last twenty years. However if you want a modern instrument Messiah then there are a large variety from which to choose.

Last year the LSO brought out their recording, on their own LSO Live label, taken from concerts Read more conducted by Sir Colin Davis. Davis used a crack chamber choir, Tenebrae, and a group of soloists at home in both period and modern performance. Now EMI have re-issued Sir Andrew Davis's recording of Messiah using Canadian forces.

The recording is based around the Toronto Mendelssohn choir, a large amateur chorus, accompanied by the Toronto Symphony. For soloists Andrew Davis opts for a quartet of distinctly operatic voices, Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler and Samuel Ramey.

The Toronto Symphony gives a surprisingly crisp account. Granted they phrase it pretty much like any other classical music, but as a symphony orchestra you wouldn't expect anything else. There is no element of period performance practice, but still the sound is sharply defined and lively with plenty of air between the notes. Despite the large size of the choir, this is a nimble performance, without the heaviness that can dog earlier symphonic accounts of Messiah. In moments like the Pifa the orchestra turn in a performance of quiet beauty. As usual with symphonic forces, the harpsichord is rather under-powered – so, in loud orchestral moments it either disappears or is reduced to meaningless tinkling.

The chorus, though relatively large, acquit themselves well. There are some moments when the faster passages sound a little muddy, but nothing serious. Though the resulting choral tone is no where near as stunning as that of Tenebrae on the Colin Davis disc, it has the advantage of the weight and depth that a bigger chorus brings. Luckily this is achieved without heaviness or ponderousness. In fact, though the bigger moments are wonderful they don't quite thrill in the sort of large-scale “bells and whistles” way that can happen in some older performances. You don't have to be Beecham to give in to the temptation of turning the Hallelujah Chorus into Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, but this is certainly a temptation Andrew Davis resists.

One of the admirable things about this recording is the way that Andrew Davis threads his way neatly and crisply between a period performance and an overdone, leaden symphonic one. He thus gives us a real symphonic account of the work, but one which respects Handel's original conception.

The soloists are impressive in that they all have the capability to sing Handel's passage-work. Kathleen Battle has a surprisingly rich voice for a coloratura soprano. With its dark tones and characterful vibrato, she never lacks interest and her account is well phrased and highly sophisticated. On the downside she fails to find the purity needed at the requisite places. Quite simply, whatever the type of orchestra used, 'And there were shepherds' demands the pristine tones of an Emma Kirkby, and this Battle fails to deliver.

I was familiar with Battle singing Handel, having long had her recording of Semele; a recording in which I felt that Battle seemed more at home in the style than here. Perhaps the more operatic nature of Semele meant that Battle's operatic background made her more comfortable.

Florence Quivar has a beautiful warm mezzo voice which I began to appreciate only after repeated listening. She brings flexibility of line and nice autumn tones. There are however times when her approach is just a little too 19th century operatic for my taste. In He was despised she does not move me as much as some of the great 20th century mezzo-sopranos and contraltos, but it is a creditable effort none the less.

John Aler has the sort of flexible slim-line tenor voice which enables him to appear in a great variety of recordings. Here he makes a decent stab at Handel's important tenor solos. In the opening he demonstrates a neat pliable tone plus an ability to open out at the requisite moments.

Samuel Ramey is the King on Janet Baker's recording of Ariodante, conducted by Raymond Leppard. On that recording I found his singing efficient, but rather boring. His account of the bass solos on this Messiah has done nothing to change my opinion. His evenness and control in the passage-work is impressive and, given his attractively gravelly bass voice, his singing is remarkably clean. But I want more I'm afraid. In The Trumpet shall sound we just don't thrill the way we ought to.

In general all four soloists ornament quite discreetly. Though Battle indulges in one or two over-the-top flights of fancy and both she and Quivar give us some octave transpositions, which is certainly a solecism too far.

Which Messiah you buy will depend on your tastes. If you simply want a fine account on modern instruments, then you need look no further than Colin Davis and the LSO. If you want a bigger choir and more operatic soloists, then this Andrew Davis version may appeal, especially if the soloists themselves are of interest.

Robert Hugill, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass), John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
2.
Messiah, HWV 56: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
3.
Messiah, HWV 56: Comfort ye my people by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
4.
Messiah, HWV 56: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
5.
Messiah, HWV 56: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
6.
Messiah, HWV 56: Thus saith the Lord... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
8.
Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify the sons of Levi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
9.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold a Virgin shall conceive...O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
10.
Messiah, HWV 56: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
11.
Messiah, HWV 56: For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
12.
Messiah, HWV 56: The people that walked in darkness by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
13.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
14.
Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony "Pifa" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
15.
Messiah, HWV 56: There were shepherds abiding in the field by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
16.
Messiah, HWV 56: And lo! the angel of the Lord by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
17.
Messiah, HWV 56: And the angel said unto them by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
18.
Messiah, HWV 56: And suddenly there was with the angel by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
19.
Messiah, HWV 56: Glory to God in the highest by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
20.
Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
21.
Messiah, HWV 56: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
22.
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock...Come unto Him by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
23.
Messiah, HWV 56: His yoke is easy and His burthen is light by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
24.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold the Lamb of God by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
25.
Messiah, HWV 56: He was despised and rejected by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
26.
Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
27.
Messiah, HWV 56: And with His stripes we are healed by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
28.
Messiah, HWV 56: All we like sheep have gone astray by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
29.
Messiah, HWV 56: All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
30.
Messiah, HWV 56: He trusted in God, let Him deliver him by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
31.
Messiah, HWV 56: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
32.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold and see if there be any sorrow by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
33.
Messiah, HWV 56: He was cut off by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
34.
Messiah, HWV 56: But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
35.
Messiah, HWV 56: Lift up your heads, o ye gates by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
36.
Messiah, HWV 56: Unto which of the angels by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
37.
Messiah, HWV 56: Let all the angels of God worship Him by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
38.
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou art gone up on high by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
39.
Messiah, HWV 56: The Lord gave the word by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
40.
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet of them by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
41.
Messiah, HWV 56: Their sound is gone out into all lands by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
42.
Messiah, HWV 56: Why do the nations so furiously rage by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
43.
Messiah, HWV 56: Let us break their bonds asunder by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
44.
Messiah, HWV 56: He that dwelleth in Heaven...Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
45.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
46.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
47.
Messiah, HWV 56: Since by man came death by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
48.
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold, I tell you a mystery by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
49.
Messiah, HWV 56: The trumpet shall sound by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
50.
Messiah, HWV 56: Then shall be brought to pass...O Death, where is thy sting?...But thanks be to God by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
51.
Messiah, HWV 56: If God be for us who can be against us? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 
52.
Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Anton Kwiatkowski.
Audio Producer: Anton Kwiatkowski. 

Sound Samples

Messiah, Part One: Sinfony: Grave - Allegro moderato
Messiah, Part One: Comfort ye my people (tenor)
Messiah, Part One: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)
Messiah, Part One: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
Messiah, Part One: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (bass)
Messiah, Part One: But who may abide the day of His coming (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part One: And he shall Purify
Messiah, Part One: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto/chorus)
Messiah, Part One: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)
Messiah, Part One: The people that walked in darkness (bass)
Messiah, Part One: For unto us a child is born
Messiah, Part One: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Messiah, Part One: And the angel said unto them
Messiah, Part One: Glory to God in the highest
Messiah, Part One: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano I)
Messiah, Part One: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part One: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (counter-tenor/soprano I)
Messiah, Part One: His yoke is easy, his burthen is light
Messiah, Part Two: Behold, The Lamb of God
Messiah, Part Two: He was despised (alto)
Messiah, Part Two: Surely, He hath borne our griefs
Messiah, Part Two: And with His stipes we are healed
Messiah, Part Two: All we like sheep have gone astray
Messiah, Part Two: All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn (tenor)
Messiah, Part Two: He trusted in God
Messiah, Part Two: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (tenor)
Messiah, Part Two: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (tenor)
Messiah, Part Two: But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell (soprano II)
Messiah, Part Two: Lift up your heads, O ye gates
Messiah, Part Two: Let all the angels of God worship Him
Messiah, Part Two: Thou art gone up on high (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part Two: The Lord gave the word
Messiah, Part Two: How beautiful are the feet (soprano I)
Messiah, Part Two: Their sound is gone out into all lands
Messiah, Part Two: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (bass)
Messiah, Part Two: Let us break their bonds asunder
Messiah, Part Two: Thou shalt break them (tenor)
Messiah, Part Two: Hallelujah
Messiah, Part Three: I know that my redeemer liveth (soprano I)
Messiah, Part Three: Since by man came death
Messiah, Part Three: Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass)
Messiah, Part Three: The trumpet shall sound (bass)
Messiah, Part Three: O death, where is thy sting (counter-tenor/tenor)
Messiah, Part Three: But thanks be to God
Messiah, Part Three: If God be for us (alto)
Messiah, Part Three: Worthy is Lamb that was slain ... Amen

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