- Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
Handel: Messiahby London Symphony Orchestra
Handel composed his oratorio Messiah in less than a month. According to his own account, he wrote at white heat, hardly stopping to eat or sleep, and his extraordinary inspiration is evident in every measure. Although it is one of the most popular works in the classical repertory -- and has been almost since its first performance -- it still sounds remarkably fresh. There are many recordings of Messiah to choose from, and each offers a slightly different perspective. Since this one was first released in the late '60s, attitudes about the performance of Baroque music have changed dramatically. But this performance has stood the test of time remarkably well: It's stylish and buoyant, the singing is magnificent, and it has a warmth of feeling that many newer, more "authentically" Baroque, interpretations sorely lack. It's now available in spruced-up sound, on two budget-priced discs: a heavenly bargain.
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