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Handel: Messiah (Highlights)

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Selections
  • UPC: 747313103171
  • Catalog Number: 8571031
  • Sales rank: 389,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Sinfony. - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (3:14)
  2. 2 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. And The Glory Of The Lord - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (2:41)
  3. 3 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. And He Shall Purify - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (2:32)
  4. 4 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Aria. O Thou That Tellest - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (5:33)
  5. 5 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. For Unto Us A Child Is Born - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (4:05)
  6. 6 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Glory To God In The Highest - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (1:55)
  7. 7 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. His Yoke Is Easy - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (2:18)
  8. 8 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Behold The Lamb Of God - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (2:55)
  9. 9 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Surely, He Hath Born Our Griefs - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (2:06)
  10. 10 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. And With His Stripes We Are Healed - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (1:53)
  11. 11 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (3:56)
  12. 12 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. He Trusted In God - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (2:25)
  13. 13 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Lift Up Your Heads - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (3:08)
  14. 14 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Let All The Angels Of God Worship Him - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (1:33)
  15. 15 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. The Lord Gave The Word - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (1:09)
  16. 16 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Duet. How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Him - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (3:25)
  17. 17 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (1:54)
  18. 18 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Hallelujah! - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (3:41)
  19. 19 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Since By Man Came Death - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (1:56)
  20. 20 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Duet. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (3:27)
  21. 21 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Chorus. Worthy Is The Lamb - Scholars Baroque Ensemble & George Frideric Handel (7:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scholars Baroque Ensemble Primary Artist
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