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Handel: Messiah / Mackerras, Harwood, Baker, Esswood, Et Al


Release Date: 10/03/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 69449   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerRaimund HerincxElizabeth HarwoodPaul Esswood,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraAmbrosian Singers
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was this set which, in company with one from Sir Colin Davis issued by Philips a few weeks earlier, inaugurated the era of 'progressive' Messiah recordings. They had of course been foreshadowed—by Sir Adrian Boult, notably, and by the work of such editors as John Tobin and Watkins Shaw. But this was one of the first to use a chamber orchestra, lively tempos and ornamentation: and between them Davis and Mackerras made us listen afresh to a work whose performance traditions had threatened to become hidebound... The forces aren't 'authentic', but rather larger, and women's voices are used in the chorus. It is however an excellent chorus, well disciplined and clean. The solo singing is of a high order. Dame Janet Baker is in superlative Read more voice... There is much charm in Elizabeth Harwood's soprano solos, as always, and Paul Esswood is at his superb best in ''But who may abide''. Robert Tear sings the tenor music clearly and tastefully and Raimund Herincx makes a sturdy bass soloist... If you want a Messiah that discards the old, solemn, heavyweight traditions, yet does not go as far as using period instruments, this one is unlikely to disappoint you.

-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [12/1989]
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Works on This Recording

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Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Raimund Herincx (Bass), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano),
Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 155 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster): Sinfony (Grave - Allegro moderato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Comfort ye my people (tenor accompagnato: Larghetto e piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (tenor air: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And the glory of the Lord (chorus: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Thus saith the Lord (bass accompagnato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: But who may abide? (alto air: Larghetto - Prestissimo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And He shall purify (chorus)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto recitative)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: O thou that tellest (alto air: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass accompagnato: Andante larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: The people that walked in darkness (bass air: Larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: For unto us a child is born (chorus: Andante allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony: Larghetto e mezzo piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And the angel said unto them
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Glory to God (chorus): Allegro, da lontano e un poco piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano air: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Then shall the eyes of the blind (alto recitative)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: He shall feed his flock ... Come unto Him all ye that labour (soprano & alto duet: Larghetto e piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: His yoke is easy (chorus: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Behold the lamb of God (chorus: Largo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: He was despised (alto air: Largo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Surely he hath borne our griefs (chorus: Largo e staccato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: And with his stripes (chorus: Alla breve, moderato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: All we like sheep (chorus: Allegro moderato - Adagio)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: All they that see him (tenor accompagnato: Larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: He trusted in God (chorus: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart (tenor accompagnato: Largo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Behold, and see (tenor arioso: Largo e piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: But thou didst not leave (tenor air: Andante larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Lift up your heads (chorus: A tempo ordinario)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Let all the angels of God (chorus: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Thou art gone up on high (alto air: Allegro larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: The Lord gave the word (chorus: Andante allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: How beautiful are the feet (soprano air: Larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Their sound is gone out (chorus: A tempo ordinario)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Why do the nations (bass air: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Let us break their bonds asunder (chorus: Allegro e staccato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Thou shalt break them (tenor air: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Hallelujah (chorus: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano air: Larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Since by man came death (chorus: Grave - Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: For as in Adam
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Even so in Christ
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Behold I tell you a mystery (bass accompagnato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: The trumpet shall sound (bass air: Pomposo, ma non troppo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: O death, where is thy sting (alto & tenor duet: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: But thanks be to God (chorus: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: If God is for us (soprano air: Larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Worthy is the lamb (chorus: Largo - Andante - Laghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Amen (chorus: Allegro moderato)

Customer Reviews

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 Non arrival of item February 6, 2013 By Alison Clydesdale (DAVERIO, Varese) See All My Reviews "The item I ordered has still not arrived. Today is 6th February. I ordered the item on 11th December. So I am not very impressed. Alison Parnell" Report Abuse
 The One and Only Messiah ! February 10, 2012 By B. Weld (Vennesla, Norway) See All My Reviews "This is the best Messiah ever. Strong words, but I do not know of any other untill this day that even comes close to the wonderfull performance from Mackerras / EMI. " Report Abuse
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