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Handel: Messiah [Includes Bonus CD]
     

Handel: Messiah [Includes Bonus CD]

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by Harry Christophers
 
Admirers of Harry Christophers and his exemplary choral ensemble The Sixteen will no doubt have the highest expectations for this 2008 Coro release of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah," especially because the group is almost ideal in size, sonority, and technical mastery to render this work in the best period performance style. Even the

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Admirers of Harry Christophers and his exemplary choral ensemble The Sixteen will no doubt have the highest expectations for this 2008 Coro release of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah," especially because the group is almost ideal in size, sonority, and technical mastery to render this work in the best period performance style. Even the most demanding listeners will not be disappointed in this recording because Christophers' scholarship is impeccable, and he leads the performance with sharp Baroque rhythms, brisk tempos, vivid interpretations, and a great flexibility in instrumental combinations, which gives the music greater richness through doublings of the stings with woodwinds and supplies a pleasantly varied basso continuo. The four vocalists -- soprano Carolyn Sampson, alto Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Mark Padmore, and bass Christopher Purves -- are all seasoned Handelians, and their arias are eloquent in expression and beautifully delivered with a tasteful modicum of ornamentation, but no more than that. The most thrilling highpoints are the glorious choruses in which The Sixteen sounds utterly seraphic in its pure tone and pristine in its transparent lines. As if this extraordinary performance of "Messiah" was not enough to compel purchase, the special edition set includes a bonus CD that offers attractive excerpts from Coro's numerous Handel titles. This set is highly recommended for aficionados of recordings of "Messiah" and newcomers alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Coro
UPC:
0828021606229
catalogNumber:
16062

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Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
  2. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  3. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: The Lord our enemy has slain
  4. Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134
  5. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294
  6. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 2. Sinfonia
  7. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Recitative and Aria. Scherza infida
  8. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Air and Chorus. Let the bright seraphim

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