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Handel: Messiah
     

Handel: Messiah

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by Robert Shaw
 
Recorded in 1966, Robert Shaw's Grammy Award-winning performance of Handel's "Messiah" marks an important turning-point in this work's interpretation, clearly moving away from the ponderous, overly reverential style of early twentieth century renditions and pointing toward the leaner versions of the 1970s onwards, which follow Baroque-period

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Recorded in 1966, Robert Shaw's Grammy Award-winning performance of Handel's "Messiah" marks an important turning-point in this work's interpretation, clearly moving away from the ponderous, overly reverential style of early twentieth century renditions and pointing toward the leaner versions of the 1970s onwards, which follow Baroque-period practices. Shaw employed a small orchestra that complemented the vocal soloists with a light, transparent string sound -- complete with an audible continuo of harpsichord and cello -- and he eschewed reinforcing wind parts in all but the choruses. Ornamentation is cleanly and tastefully applied, and Shaw's tempi are usually brisk and propulsive, with sparing use of ritardandi; even then, there is always a firm rhythmic thrust to his cadences. Soprano Judith Raskin, contralto Florence Kopleff, tenor Richard Lewis, and bass Thomas Paul are equally matched in expressive depth and vocal strength, and the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra is consistently motivated and responsive to the conductor's fluid direction. The listener may regret that the ADD sound is a little weak, but the tape hiss has been minimized in the remastering and is fairly easy to ignore. Evenly divided between two discs, this recording of "Messiah" is complete, and it is preferred over RCA's 1992 excerpt album The Great Choruses from Messiah.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766231724
catalogNumber:
62317
Rank:
3002

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Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56

    1. Part 1. No. 1. Sinfonia (Overture)  (03:58)
    2. Part 2. No. 24. Chorus. Surely He hath borne our griefs  (02:22)
    3. Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Comfort ye my people  (03:30)
    4. Part 2. No. 25. Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed  (01:47)
    5. Part 1. No. 3. Air. Every valley shall be exalted  (03:40)
    6. Part 2. No. 26. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray  (04:20)
    7. Part 1. No. 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord  (02:50)
    8. Part 2. No. 27. Recitative. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn  (00:47)
    9. Part 1. No. 5. Recitative. Thus saith the Lord  (01:39)
    10. Part 2. No. 28. Chorus. He trusted in God  (01:58)
    11. Part 1. No. 6. Air. But who may abide the day of His coming?  (04:50)
    12. Part 2. No. 29. Recitative. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart  (02:18)
    13. Part 1. No. 7. Chorus. And He shall purify  (02:27)
    14. Part 2. No. 30. Air. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow  (02:05)
    15. Part 1. No. 8. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive  (00:28)
    16. Part 2. No. 31. Recitative. He was cut off out of the land of the living  (00:28)
    17. Part 1. No. 9. Air and Chorus. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion  (05:39)
    18. Part 2. No. 32. Air. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell  (02:40)
    19. Part 1. No. 10. Recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth  (02:29)
    20. Part 2. No. 33. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates  (02:49)
    21. Part 1. No. 11. Air. The people that walked in darkness  (04:56)
    22. Part 2. No. 34. Recitative. Unto which of the angels said He at any time  (00:23)
    23. Part 1. No. 12. Chorus. For unto us a child is born  (03:53)
    24. Part 2. No. 35. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship Him  (01:23)
    25. Part 1. No. 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)  (01:03)
    26. Part 2. No. 36. Air. Thou art gone up on high  (03:15)
    27. Part 1. No. 14a. Recitative. There were shepherds abiding in the field / No. 14b. And lo, the angel  (00:38)
    28. Part 2. No. 37. Chorus. The Lord gave the word  (01:06)
    29. Part 1. No. 15. Recitative. And the angel said unto them  (00:49)
    30. Part 2. No. 38. Air. How beautiful are the feet  (02:38)
    31. Part 1. No. 16. Recitative. And suddenly there was with the angel  (00:18)
    32. Part 2. No. 39. Chorus. Their sound is gone out  (01:24)
    33. Part 1. No. 17. Chorus. Glory to God  (01:50)
    34. Part 2. No. 40. Air. Why do the nations so furiously rage together?  (01:29)
    35. Part 1. No. 18. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion  (04:36)
    36. Part 2. No. 41. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder  (01:51)
    37. Part 1. No. 19. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind  (00:28)
    38. Part 2. No. 42. Recitative. He that dwelleth in Heaven  (00:18)
    39. Part 1. No. 20. Air. He shall feed his flock / Air. Come unto Him  (05:26)
    40. Part 2. No. 43. Air. Thou shalt break them  (02:12)
    41. Part 1. No. 21. Chorus. His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light  (02:16)
    42. Part 2. No. 44. Chorus. Hallelujah  (03:26)
    43. Part 2. No. 22. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God  (03:57)
    44. Part 3. No. 45. Air. I know that my Redeemer liveth  (06:49)
    45. Part 2. No. 23. Air. He was despised  (12:21)
    46. Part 3. No. 46. Chorus. Since by man came death  (02:05)
    47. Part 3. No. 47. Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery  (00:38)
    48. Part 3. No. 48. Air. The trumpet shall sound  (08:53)
    49. Part 3. No. 49. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass  (00:19)
    50. Part 3. No. 50. Duet. O death, where is thy sting?  (01:06)
    51. Part 3. No. 51. Chorus. But thanks be to God  (02:16)
    52. Part 3. No. 52. Air. If God be for us  (05:22)
    53. Part 3. No. 53. Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain  (06:03)

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