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Handel: Messiah Highlights / Pinnock, Auger, Otter


Release Date: 08/02/1989 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 427664   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Howard CrookMichael ChanceAnne Sofie von OtterArleen Augér,   ... 
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English ConcertEnglish Concert Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pinnock never makes you feel that period performance lacks necessary weight, stirring the blood in a way that even Sir Malcolm Sargent would have envied in the old days.

...One of the most distinctive points is that Pinnock, even more than his rivals, brings out the impact of timpani and trumpets, above all in the "Hallelujah" and "Amen" choruses. In that he stirs the blood in a way that even Sir Malcolm Sargent would have envied in the old days, while in true period-performance fashion reminding me of Roger Norrington in his use of trumpet and timpani... Another distinctive point in relation to latterday Messiah recordings, is that a genuine, dark, firm, bass soloist has been chosen, John
Read more Tomlinson... Not only Tomlinson but Arleen Auger too will delight listeners of all Handelian persuasions. To my ear this is the sweetest, most ravishing soprano sound on any of the current versions, and the warmth of expressiveness, whether strictly authentic or not, brings many of the most memorable moments in the whole performance...

The male alto, Michael Chance, also outshines his direct rivals in artistry and beauty of tone, but he is given only a proportion of the alto numbers, including "But who may abide"... The majority are given to Anne Sofie von Otter. Hers is another beautiful voice, finely controlled... Pinnock, while demonstrating the benefits in clarity of period performance, is less clipped, easier, even genial in a pomposo manner that makes the opening a degree more imposing. The contrasts throughout the set follow very much that pattern, with Pinnock never making you feel that period performance lacks necessary weight... It helps that the Archiv recording is the finest yet, with just as much bloom as on Hogwood's atmospheric analogue recording and with inner clarity never making textures sound thin or overanalytical. This new Pinnock set would now be my own first choice for Messiah...

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [11/1988]
reviewing the complete Messiah, DG 423630
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Works on This Recording

1. Messiah, HWV 56: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
2. Messiah, HWV 56: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Howard Crook (Tenor)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
3. Messiah, HWV 56: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
4. Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
5. Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify the sons of Levi by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
6. Messiah, HWV 56: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
7. Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony "Pifa" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
8. Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
9. Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
10. Messiah, HWV 56: And with His stripes we are healed by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
11. Messiah, HWV 56: All we like sheep have gone astray by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
12. Messiah, HWV 56: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Howard Crook (Tenor)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
13. Messiah, HWV 56: Behold and see if there be any sorrow by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Howard Crook (Tenor)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
14. Messiah, HWV 56: Let all the angels of God worship Him by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
15. Messiah, HWV 56: The Lord gave the word by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
16. Messiah, HWV 56: Why do the nations so furiously rage by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
17. Messiah, HWV 56: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Howard Crook (Tenor)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
18. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
19. Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
20. Messiah, HWV 56: If God be for us who can be against us? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
21. Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 

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