"...one of the most welcome releases of the year is Nikolaus Harnoncourt's new "Messiah" with the Concentus Musicus Wien...what makes this recording so satisfying is the warmth, serenity and pliant lyricism of the performance. We have come to expect fleet tempos from the early-music movement. If anything, Mr. Harnoncourt's tempos, over all, are spacious. The sweet-voiced tenor Michael Schade is given such freedom to shape the phrases of the accompanied recitative "Comfort ye my people," that you listen to these words as if you had never heard them before...The soprano Christine Schäfer and the alto Anna Larsson also do radiant and affecting work. The chorus sings with impressiveRead more clarity and full-bodied yet unforced sound...Mr. Harnoncourt adheres to the manuscripts and editions of the work he deems the most reliable, especially with regard to the size of the string ensembles in the various movements. But you will not be thinking about scholarly matters while listening to this revelatory recording." - Anthony Tommasini, NEW YORK TIMES Read less
Works on This Recording
Messiah, HWV 56by George Frideric Handel Performer:
Christine Schäfer (Soprano),
Anna Larsson (Mezzo Soprano),
Michael Schade (Tenor),
Herbert Tachezi (Organ),
Stefan Gottfried (Harpsichord),
Herwig Tachezi (Cello),
Gerald Finley (Bass)
Vienna Concentus Musicus,
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Baroque Written: 1741; London, England Date of Recording: 12/2004 Venue: Live Musikvereinsaal, Vienna, Austria Length: 140 Minutes 57 Secs. Language: English
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