Handel: Messiah (Highlights)

Handel: Messiah (Highlights)

by Scholars Baroque Ensemble
     
 

Don't confuse this 2007 release of selections from Handel's "Messiah" with either the complete 1992 recording by the Scholars Baroque Ensemble or its 1995 highlights album: this is a different package of highlights, reissued in Naxos' Selection line with some confusing things in the table of contents and very minimal packaging. For example,See more details below

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Don't confuse this 2007 release of selections from Handel's "Messiah" with either the complete 1992 recording by the Scholars Baroque Ensemble or its 1995 highlights album: this is a different package of highlights, reissued in Naxos' Selection line with some confusing things in the table of contents and very minimal packaging. For example, "Comfort Ye, My People" is missing, so the listing for it in parentheses with the "Sinfony" is erroneous, and the variant duet with chorus, "How Beautiful are the Feet of Him," may puzzle some since "How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them" is usually heard as an air for solo soprano. Unfortunately, the absence of a booklet makes explication of these anomalies a bit difficult, so only listening to the CD makes everything plain. Still, these selections of famous choruses and arias are indeed taken from the Scholars Baroque Ensemble's exceptional period performance, and as long as it's understood that this CD is a trimmed-down highlights album, shorn of many of the solo vocal numbers, then one can get past its limitations and appreciate the crisp rhythms, fleet counterpoint, clear instrumentation, and expressive dynamics of this group's authentic Baroque interpretation. One really should only sample this disc, though, and if it pleases, put the money toward buying the Scholars' complete "Messiah" on two discs, which is still a bargain, even at Naxos' full price.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
Selections
UPC:
0747313103171
catalogNumber:
8571031
Rank:
332543

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Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Sinfony.  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. And The Glory Of The Lord  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. And He Shall Purify  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Aria. O Thou That Tellest  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. For Unto Us A Child Is Born  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Glory To God In The Highest  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. His Yoke Is Easy  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  8. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Behold The Lamb Of God  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Surely, He Hath Born Our Griefs  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. And With His Stripes We Are Healed  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. He Trusted In God  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Lift Up Your Heads  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  14. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Let All The Angels Of God Worship Him  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  15. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. The Lord Gave The Word  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  16. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Duet. How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Him  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  17. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  18. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Hallelujah!  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  19. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Since By Man Came Death  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  20. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Duet. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  21. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Worthy Is The Lamb  - George Frideric Handel  -  Scholars Baroque Ensemble

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