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Handel: Messiah / Mcgegan, Hunt, Williams, Minter, Parker


Release Date: 12/07/1992 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907050/52   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt LiebersonDrew MinterJeffrey ThomasWilliam Parker,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque OrchestraBerkeley Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Special Price: 3 CD's for the price of 2. This recording includes every revision and alternative version of 'Messiah' composed by Handel.

R E V I E W S:

[McGegan's] recording is of considerable documentary interest in that a separate section at the conclusion of each of the three parts of Messiah—there are three discs accordingly—is reserved for the many alternative versions of arias, accompanied recitatives and choruses which Handel himself used or at least approved in performances during the 1740s and 1750s. In this way, the booklet explains, the listener can select which version of the work he/she wants to listen to at any given time. About six versions are possible from the 18 alternative tracks provided on
Read more the three CDs. By following a table printed in the back of the booklet (a few minutes' mental gymnastics are initially required) you can programme your CD player to replace particular arias with others. So, for Dublin 1742 you replace track 2 with 14, 3 with 17, retain 4-9, replace 10 with 19 and so on. Once mastered this seems an eminently sensible use of the facilities available with CD.

...I found all this extra material fascinating while practically speaking remaining more than happy to afford it footnote status. The performance itself is stylish with plenty of appropriate attention to details of phrasing, articulation and declamation...The soloists comprise a strong team and I particularly enjoyed the singing of the two sopranos, Lorraine Hunt — her 'alternative' version of ''He was despised'' (Handel's conducting score) is beautifully done—and Janet Williams, and the mezzo-soprano Patricia Spence.

-- Gramophone [10/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Soprano), Drew Minter (Countertenor), Jeffrey Thomas (Tenor),
William Parker (Baritone), Patricia Spence (Mezzo Soprano), Janet Williams (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra,  Berkeley Chamber Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Hertz Hall, U of California, Berkeley 
Length: 190 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Messiah, HWV 56: Sinfonia - Comfort ye - Every valley shall be exalted - And the glory of the Lord
Messiah, HWV 56: Thus saith the Lord
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming
Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify the sons of Levi
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold, a virgin shall conceive - O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion - O thou that tellest
Messiah, HWV 56: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth - The people that walked in darkness
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born - Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) - There were shepherds abiding in the field
Messiah, HWV 56: And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
Messiah, HWV 56: And the angel said unto them - And suddenly there was with the angel - Glory to God
Messiah, HWV 56: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion"
Messiah, HWV 56: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock
Messiah, HWV 56: His yoke is easy
Messiah, HWV 56: Thus saith the Lord (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: "But who may abide the day of His coming"
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming [recitative]
Messiah, HWV 56: But lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold the lamb of God
Messiah, HWV 56: He was despised and rejected of men
Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs - And with His stripes - All we like sheep - All they that see Him - He trusted in God - Thy rebuke hath broken His heart - Behold and see - He was cut off - But Thou didst not leave
Messiah, HWV 56: Lift up your heads - Unto which of the angels said He at any time - Let all the angels of God worship Him
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou art gone up on high
Messiah, HWV 56: The Lord gave the word
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet
Messiah, HWV 56: Their sound is gone out into all lands
Messiah, HWV 56: Why do the nations so furiously rage together
Messiah, HWV 56: Let us break their bonds asunder
Messiah, HWV 56: He that dwelleth in heaven - Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah!
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou art gone up on high (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou are gone up on high (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet - Their sound is gone out? (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet - Break forth into joy? (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet? (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Their sound is gone out (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Why do the nations... (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: He that dwelleth - Thou shalt break them... [recitative] (alternate version)

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