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George Frideric Handel: Messiah [Includes Bonus DVD]
     

George Frideric Handel: Messiah [Includes Bonus DVD]

by Mack Wilberg
 
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has long been associated with traditional performances of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," which are characterized by massive choral and orchestral forces and weighty interpretations of this popular oratorio. However, while there are no drastic stylistic revisions in the choir's 2016 release of "Messiah," and it is decidedly not a period

Overview

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has long been associated with traditional performances of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," which are characterized by massive choral and orchestral forces and weighty interpretations of this popular oratorio. However, while there are no drastic stylistic revisions in the choir's 2016 release of "Messiah," and it is decidedly not a period recreation, some aspects of historically informed practice have influenced this reading by Mack Wilberg, particularly in the use of a harpsichord continuo, fairly brisk tempos, clearly articulated choral parts, and a relatively light ensemble sound. Featuring the voices of soprano Sonya Yoncheva, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Rolando Villazón, and bass Bryn Terfel, this performance also has the "star quality" that Handel encouraged in his recruitment of international singers. Still, even with the increased awareness of authentic Baroque practices and Handel's varied performance history, this "Messiah" retains much of the standard conventions: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is still a huge choir, and in such powerful numbers as "For Unto Us a Child is Born," "Glory to God," and "Hallelujah," the orchestration is reinforced with woodwind and brass doublings to sufficiently balance the voices. Additionally, the highly resonant acoustics of the Temple give the choir and orchestra a "bigger than life" ambience which obscures any attempt at a streamlined effect. Purists will pass this recording by, but fans of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may welcome the subtle changes.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2016
Label:
Mormon Tabernacle
UPC:
0783027030921
catalogNumber:
5147225
Rank:
8828

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Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56

    1. Part I: Sinfonia: Overture  (03:12)
    2. Part II: Recitative: All They That See Him, Laugh Him to Scorn  (00:46)
    3. Part I: Recitative: Comfort Ye My People  (02:43)
    4. Part II: Chorus: He Trusted in God That He Would Deliver Him  (02:30)
    5. Part I: Aria: Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted  (03:23)
    6. Part II: Recitative: Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart  (01:35)
    7. Part I: Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord  (02:45)
    8. Part II: Aria: Behold, and See if There Be Any Sorrow  (01:47)
    9. Part I: Recitative: Thus Saith the Lord  (01:24)
    10. Part II: Recitative: He Was Cut Off out of the Land of the Living  (00:17)
    11. Part I: Aria: But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?  (04:35)
    12. Part II: Aria: But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell  (02:15)
    13. Part I: Chorus: And He Shall Purify  (02:37)
    14. Part II: Chorus: Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates  (02:58)
    15. Part I: Recitative: Behold, a Virgin Shall Cover the Earth  (00:24)
    16. Part II: Recitative: Unto Which of the Angels Said He at Any Time  (00:16)
    17. Part I: Aria & Chorus: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion  (05:29)
    18. Part II: Chorus: Let All the Angels of God Worshio Him  (01:30)
    19. Part I: Recitative: For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth  (02:07)
    20. Part II: Aria: Thou Art Gone Up on High  (03:15)
    21. Part I: Aria: The People That Walked in Darkness  (03:30)
    22. Part II: Chorus: The Lord Gave the Word  (01:10)
    23. Part I: Chorus: For unto Us a Child Is Born  (04:13)
    24. Part II: Aria: How Beautiful Are the Feet  (02:14)
    25. Part I: Pifa: Pastoral Symphony  (02:44)
    26. Part II: Chorus: Their Sound Is Gone Out into All the Lands  (01:20)
    27. Part I: Recitative: There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field  (00:13)
    28. Part II: Aria: Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together?  (02:47)
    29. Part I: Recitative: And Lo! The Angel of the Lord Came Upon Them  (00:16)
    30. Part II: Chorus: Let US Break Their Bonds Asunder  (01:53)
    31. Part I: Recitative: And the Angel Said unto Them  (00:33)
    32. Part II: Recitative: He that Dwelleth in Heaven  (00:13)
    33. Part I: Recitative: And Suddenly There Was with the Angel  (00:17)
    34. Part II: Aria: Thou Shalt Break Them  (02:07)
    35. Part I: Chorus: Glory to God  (01:45)
    36. Part II: Chorus: Hallelujah  (03:58)
    37. Part I: Aria: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  (04:20)
    38. Part III: Aria; I Know That My Redeemer Liveth  (06:17)
    39. Part I: Recitative: Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened  (00:29)
    40. Part III: Chorus: Since By Man came Death  (02:12)
    41. Part I: Aria: He Shall feed His Flock Like a Shepherd  (04:58)
    42. Part III: Recitative: Behold, I tell You a Mystery  (00:34)
    43. Part I: Chorus: His Yoke Is Easy, and His Burthen Is Light  (02:36)
    44. Part III: Aria: The Trumpet Shall Sound  (09:00)
    45. Part II: Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God  (03:34)
    46. Part III: Recitative: Then Shall Be Brought to Pass  (00:17)
    47. Part II: Aria: He Was Despised  (09:59)
    48. Part III: Duet: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?  (01:07)
    49. Part II: Chorus: Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs  (01:51)
    50. Part III: Chorus: But Thanks Be to God  (02:27)
    51. Part II: Chorus: And with His Stripes We Are Healed  (01:58)
    52. Part III: Aria: If God Be for Us, Who Can Be against Us?  (04:35)
    53. Part II: Chorus: All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray  (04:07)
    54. Part III: Chorus: Worthy IS the Lamb That was Slain  (07:20)

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