Notes and Editorial Reviews
John Eliot Gardiner's 1982 Messiah is a highly musical and inspired account, featuring an excellent group of soloists and an outstanding period-instrument band. With dance rhythms athletically sprung and da capo arias tastefully ornamented, the performance generates consistent interest and is lively throughout its entirety.
Gardiner's carefully chosen solo singers sing brilliantly and with a lightness, grace, and athletic ability that knocks you backwards when you hear it. The same can be said of just about everything in this recording, and that's why it stands at the head of the pack.
– NPR (Ted Libbey)