In Handel's day this best-loved of all oratorios was performed by fewer than forty instrumentalists and a chorus, less than thirty strong, of boy trebles and men. That is the tradition to which Christopher Hogwood has returned in his performances with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Members of the Academy all play instruments of the period or accurate modern copies. In this recording the choruses are sung by boy trebles and male altos, tenors and basses, members of the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The soloists improvise embellishments in the arias and, in certain cases, join in the singing of the choruses, just as they would have done 240 years ago.
The recording takes full advantage not only of WestminsterRead more Abbey's fine acoustic qualities, but also of the incomparable architectural splendor of the surroundings.
REGION 1 (USA & Canada)
PICTURE: 4:3 Full Screen
SOUND: Dolby 2.0
LANGUAGE: English, Japanese, Spanish Read less
Works on This Recording
Messiah, HWV 56by George Frideric Handel Performer:
David Thomas (Bass),
Paul Elliott (Tenor),
Judith Nelson (Soprano),
Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano),
Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque Written: 1741; London, England Venue: Westminster Abbey, London Length: 136 Minutes 0 Secs. Language: English
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Feast for the Ears but Confusion for the EyesJanuary 13, 2015By David H Cooper (Rio Rancho, NM)See All My Reviews"The performers know their stuff and ornamention adds to the feast but odd camera angles make for a visually dated and disjointed experience. Watch this with your eyes closed."Report Abuse