G.F. Handel: Messiah

G.F. Handel: Messiah

by Jane Glover
     
 
As an authentic period performance of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah," this live 2010 recording by the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Northern Sinfonia remains true to both Baroque practices and the chorus' own tradition. The hymn

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As an authentic period performance of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah," this live 2010 recording by the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Northern Sinfonia remains true to both Baroque practices and the chorus' own tradition. The hymn "Christians, Awake!" has been sung regularly since 1849 at Huddersfield performances of the oratorio, so it opens this Signum Classics recording with a clear sense of the society's pride in its past, though it may have a slightly disconcerting effect for unsuspecting listeners. But rest assured, this really is a performance of "Messiah," and the interpretation under early music expert Jane Glover is consistent with the norms of scholarly research. Her brisk tempos, lean instrumentation, free embellishments, and flexibility in expression sort well with most historically informed performances. The singing by soprano Elizabeth Watts, alto Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Mark Le Brocq, and bass James Oldfield is well-controlled and not overly dramatic, but appropriate to the uplifting mood of the work, and the chorus is agile and light, particularly in its many passages of running sixteenth notes. This performance deserves consideration as a worthy contender among many other authentic versions, and despite the modest fame of the groups involved, this polished album warrants wide distribution and favorable responses.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2011
Label:
Signum Uk
UPC:
0635212024621
catalogNumber:
246
Rank:
297568

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Tracks

  1. Christians awake! salute the happy morn, Christmas hymn  - John Wainwright  - Joseph Cullen  - Jane Glover  -  Huddersfield Choral Society  - Royal Northern Sinfonia  - Darius Battiwalla
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56  - George Frideric Handel  - Joseph Cullen  - Jane Glover  -  Huddersfield Choral Society  - Mark Le Brocq  - Royal Northern Sinfonia  - Catherine Wyn-Rogers  - Darius Battiwalla  - James Oldfield  - Elizabeth Watts

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