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Handel: Messiah
     

Handel: Messiah

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by John Eliot Gardiner
 

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner's triumphant period instrument version can be confidently mentioned in the same breath with any of the great "Messiah" recordings of the past. In fact, in many ways it is the most completely satisfying "Messiah" ever released. Using the reduced performing forces and older instruments that are common to

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner's triumphant period instrument version can be confidently mentioned in the same breath with any of the great "Messiah" recordings of the past. In fact, in many ways it is the most completely satisfying "Messiah" ever released. Using the reduced performing forces and older instruments that are common to almost every "Messiah" recording of the last couple of decades, Gardiner nevertheless projects almost all of the oratorio's size and significance in a performance that is still very intimate in its physical dimensions and sound. The soloists are all intelligent and musical; the chorus (for which Gardiner wisely opted for female sopranos instead of the more "authentic" boys' voices) sings with joy and devotion; and the English Baroque Soloists play with great precision and high-minded intensity, while giving the unmistakable impression that they're having an enormous amount of fun. While nothing could ever make me part with my well-worn recordings by Beecham and Mackerras, Gardiner's exultant performance now joins that select circle of "Messiahs" I cannot do without.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Jonathan Swain
A splendid record.... The subdued opening of the ''Hallelujah'' and ''Amen'' choruses are ideas that really do work, at any rate when there is such inspired direction as Gardiner gives. All his forces, vocal and orchestral, respond, as does the listener.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028943429726
catalogNumber:
434297

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Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56

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Handel: Messiah 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE recording of Messiah. Only God himself knowns how many times this oratorio has been recorded (and butchered). Leave it to Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists to capture the essence of the time period and the unparallel quality of music that Hanel bestoyed on us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my second favorite recording of Messiah, though it is probably better than my favorite.
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