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Handel: Messiah / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists


Release Date: 01/14/2003 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 434297   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Charles BrettRichard HaleAnthony Rolfe JohnsonCatherine Robbin,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Eliot Gardiner's 1982 Messiah is a highly musical and inspired account, featuring an excellent group of soloists and an outstanding period-instrument band. With dance rhythms athletically sprung and da capo arias tastefully ornamented, the performance generates consistent interest and is lively throughout its entirety.

Gardiner's carefully chosen solo singers sing brilliantly and with a lightness, grace, and athletic ability that knocks you backwards when you hear it. The same can be said of just about everything in this recording, and that's why it stands at the head of the pack.

­– NPR (Ted Libbey)
John Eliot Gardiner's 1982 Messiah is a highly musical and inspired account, featuring an excellent group of soloists and an outstanding period-instrument band. With dance rhythms athletically sprung and da capo arias tastefully ornamented, the performance generates consistent interest and is lively throughout its entirety.

Gardiner's carefully chosen solo singers sing brilliantly and with a lightness, grace, and athletic ability that knocks you backwards when you hear it. The same can be said of just about everything in this recording, and that's why it stands at the head of the pack.

­– NPR (Ted Libbey) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Richard Hale (Bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Catherine Robbin (Soprano), Margaret Marshall (Soprano), Saul Quirke (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 

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