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Handel: Messiah, Johannes Passion, La Resurrezione / Vitale, Nemeth, Cleobury

Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94317  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alastair MilesLynne DawsonHilary SummersJohn Mark Ainsley,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen CleoburyPál NémethMarco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg ConsortCambridge King's College ChoirCapella Savaria,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Providing a fascinating selection of sacred choral music, this 5CD set, which features two of Handel’s earliest works as well as the crowning achievement of his career, is a must-buy.

The first - and best-known - work to be included in this set, Messiah is today one of the most frequently performed choral compositions in the history of European music. Written in three weeks during the late summer of 1741 and based on the Old and New Testaments of King James’ Bible, this three-act oratorio, which borrows extensively from Handel’s experience as an opera composer, traces the last days of Christ through to his ultimate glorification in heaven.

This masterpiece is complemented by two other sacred works that were
Read more written much earlier in Handel’s career, the Johannes-Passion and La Resurrezione. Although the identity of the composer of the former has been disputed, it is generally agreed that Handel did write it the tender age of nineteen. Based on the 19th chapter of the Gospel of St John, together with 13 original lyrical numbers, this gem of a piece was followed four years later in 1708 by La Resurrezione – one of two oratorios completed during Handel’s sojourn to Rome.At a time when opera performances in the city were banned by papal decree, a sacred musical form such as this comprised a respectable alternative, and Contrasto Armonico’s historically informed performance is an assured presentation aimed at recreating how the music would have sounded at the time. All in all, this box set comprises a worthy addition to the Handel collector’s library.

• 24-page booklet featuring comprehensive notes about each of the works in this set.
• Complete sung texts available on www.brilliantclassics.com.
• Part of the Choral Classics series. Read less

Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alastair Miles (Bass), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Hilary Summers (Alto),
John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  St. Peter's Church, Leiden, Netherlands 
Length: 134 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
St. John Passion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  József Moldvay (Baritone), Mária Zádori (Soprano), Ibolya Verebics (Soprano),
Judit Németh (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Klietmann (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Gábor Kállay (Tenor), István Gáti (Baritone)
Conductor:  Pál Németh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1704 
Language: German 
La resurrezione, HWV 47 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Stefanie True (Soprano), Kristine Gether (Alto), Marcel Beekman (Tenor),
Mitchell Sandler (Bass)
Conductor:  Marco Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; Italy 

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