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Handel: Messiah / Marriner, Popp, Fassbaender, Gambill, Holl


Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 0882892  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lucia PoppRobert HollRobert GambillFassbaender
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Musical brightness and splendour: Handel's oratorios were effective dramatic works for the stage, with one exception: The Messiah. But precisely the reflective character and solemn style of the score helped the work achieve resounding success. For the first time, oratorios were allowed to be performed in church, and The Messiah soon had a firm place in choral societies' standard repertoire. Monumental performances were the rule until musicological research encouraged a return to the original ensemble size. In his acclaimed 1984 Electrola recording, Marriner combines the subtlety and transparency of historic performing practice with a sound of symphonic splendour. Musical brightness and splendour: Handel's oratorios were effective dramatic works for the stage, with one exception: The Messiah. But precisely the reflective character and solemn style of the score helped the work achieve resounding success. For the first time, oratorios were allowed to be performed in church, and The Messiah soon had a firm place in choral societies' standard repertoire. Monumental performances were the rule until musicological research encouraged a return to the original ensemble size. In his acclaimed 1984 Electrola recording, Marriner combines the subtlety and transparency of historic performing practice with a sound of symphonic splendour. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano), Robert Holl (Bass), Robert Gambill (Tenor),
Fassbaender (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 

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