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Handel: Messiah / Boughton, Smart, Towers, Et Al

Release Date: 07/06/2004 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5709   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michael Hart-DavisAlison SmartWilliam TowersGavin Carr
Conductor:  William Boughton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony OrchestraSt. Michael's Singers
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michael Hart-Davis (Tenor), Alison Smart (Soprano), William Towers (Countertenor),
Gavin Carr (Baritone)
Conductor:  William Boughton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra,  St. Michael's Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 

Sound Samples

Part One: Sinfonia - Overture: Grave
Part One: Sinfonia - Overture: Allegro moderato
Part One: Recitative: Comfort ye my people
Part One: Aria - Tenor: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
Part One: Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
Part One: Recitative: Thus saith the Lord
Part One: Aria - Counter-Tenor: But who may abide the day of his coming?
Part One: Chorus: And he shall purify
Part One: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive
Part One: Aria - Counter-Tenor: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
Part One: Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
Part One: Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
Part One: Aria - Baritone: The people that walked in darkness
Part One: Chorus: For unto us a child is born
Part One: Pifa - 'Pastoral Symphony'
Part One: Recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field
Part One: Recitative: And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
Part One: Recitative: And the angel said unto them
Part One: Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel
Part One: Chorus: Glory to God
Part One: Aria - Soprano: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
Part One: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind
Part One: Aria - Counter-Tenor & Soprano: He shall feed his flock
Part One: Chorus: His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light
Part Two: Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God
Part Two: Aria - Counter-Tenor: He was despised
Part Two: Chorus: Surely he hath borne our griefs
Part Two: Chorus: And with his stripes we are healed
Part Two: Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray
Part Two: Recitative: All they that see him laugh him to scorn
Part Two: Chorus: He trusted in God
Part Two: Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart
Part Two: Aria - Soprano: Behold,and see if there be any sorrow
Part Two: Recitative: He was cut off out of the land of the living
Part Two: Aria - Tenor: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
Part Two: Chorus: Lift up your heads, O ye gates
Part Two: Recitative: Unto which of the angels said he at any time
Part Two: Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship him
Part Two: Aria - Counter-Tenor: Thou art gone up on high
Part Two: Chorus: The Lord gave the word
Part Two: Aria - Soprano: How beautiful are the feet
Part Two: Chorus: Their sound is gone out
Part Two: Aria - Baritone: Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
Part Two: Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder
Part Two: Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven
Part Two: Aria - Tenor: Thou shalt break them
Part Two: Chorus: Hallelujah
Part Three: Aria - Soprano: I know that my redeemer liveth
Part Three: Chorus: Since by man came death
Part Three: Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery
Part Three: Aria - Baritone: The trumpet shall sound
Part Three: Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass
Part Three: Duet - Counter-Tenor & Tenor: O death, where is thy sting?
Part Three: Chorus: But thanks be to God
Part Three: Aria - Soprano: If God be for us
Part Three: Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Part Three: Chorus: Amen

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