Georg Friderich Händel: Messiah

Georg Friderich Händel: Messiah

by Jordi SavallJordi Savall

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Jordi Savall's prolific output of recordings on Alia Vox is hard to pigeonhole because his expansive repertoire runs from some of the most obscure early music of the Old and New Worlds, to well-established classics like George Frederick Handel's "Messiah." Recorded live at a December, 2017 concert in the Chapelle Royale du Chateau de Versailles, this performance of "Messiah" is based on the 1741 autograph score in the British Library in London, essentially re-creating the Dublin version, with restored oboe parts taken from the part-books for the 1754 Foundling Hospital version, and with four vocal soloists instead of Handel's original group of nine. Savall uses a small orchestra selected from Le Concert des Nations and his chamber chorus, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, to convey the scale of an early performance, as opposed to the more lavish post-Romantic arrangements with hundreds of musicians, which have become mainstays to modern audiences. Lean in its original orchestration, and particularly athletic in the choral writing, "Messiah" is shown to be an exciting combination of virtuosic counterpoint and dramatic scene painting, as well as a deeply compelling meditation on the life of Christ, without the excessive reverence of 19th century interpretations or the tasteless bombast of over-the-top modern re-orchestrations, such as those by Eugene Goossens or Andrew Davis. Anyone seeking a satisfying period interpretation of "Messiah" would do well to try this exceptional recording, which has clearly been a labor of love as well as a well-researched scholarly effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2019
Label: Alia Vox Spain
UPC: 8435408099363
catalogNumber: 9936
Rank: 38626


  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56

    1. Part The First: 1. Sinfony (Overture) Grave - Allegro moderato  (03:03)
    2. Part The Second: 27. Recitative Accompagnato: All they that see him, laugh him to scorn  (00:47)
    3. Part The First: 2. Recitative Accompagnato: Comfort ye my people  (02:57)
    4. Part The Second: 28. Chorus: He trusted in God  (02:28)
    5. Part The First: 3. Air: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted  (03:24)
    6. Part The Second: 29. Recitative Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart  (02:08)
    7. Part The First: 4. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord  (02:48)
    8. Part The Second: 30. Air: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow  (01:24)
    9. Part The First: 5. Recitative Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord  (01:27)
    10. Part The Second: 31. Recitative Accompagnato: He was cut off out of the land of the living  (00:18)
    11. Part The First: 6. Air: But who may abide the day of his coming?  (04:23)
    12. Part The Second: 32. Air: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell  (02:20)
    13. Part The First: 7. Chorus: And he shall purify  (02:32)
    14. Part The Second: 33. Chorus: Lift up your heads, O ye gates  (03:14)
    15. Part The First: 8. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive  (00:24)
    16. Part The Second: 34. Recitative: Unto which of the angels said he at any time  (00:25)
    17. Part The First: 9. Air & Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion  (05:20)
    18. Part The Second: 35. Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship him  (01:30)
    19. Part The First: 10. Recitative Accompagnato: For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth  (02:18)
    20. Part The Second: 36. Air: Thou art gone up on high  (03:06)
    21. Part The First: 11. Air: The people that walked in darkness  (03:07)
    22. Part The Second: 37. Chorus: The Lord gave the word  (01:10)
    23. Part The First: 12. Chorus: For unto us a child is born  (04:15)
    24. Part The Second: 38. Air: How beautiful are the feet  (02:17)
    25. Part The First: 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)  (02:37)
    26. Part The Second: 39. Chorus: Their sound is gone out  (01:25)
    27. Part The First: 14. Recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field, Recitative Accompagnato:  (00:41)
    28. Part The Second: 40. Air: Why do the nations so furiously rage together?  (02:54)
    29. Part The First: 15. Recitative: And the angel said unto them  (00:32)
    30. Part The Second: 41. Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder  (01:41)
    31. Part The First: 16. Recitative Accompagnato: And suddenly there was with the angel  (00:19)
    32. Part The Second: 42. Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven  (00:15)
    33. Part The First: 17. Chorus: Glory to God  (02:15)
    34. Part The Second: 43. Air: Thou shall break them  (01:59)
    35. Part The First: 18. Air: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion  (04:07)
    36. Part The Second: 44. Chorus: Hallelujah  (03:50)
    37. Part The First: 19. Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind  (00:26)
    38. Part The Third: 45. Air: I know that my redeemer liveth  (06:30)
    39. Part The First: 20. Air: He shall feed his flock  (04:47)
    40. Part The Third: 46. Chorus: Since by man came death  (02:29)
    41. Part The First: 21. Chorus: His yoke is easy  (02:31)
    42. Part The Third: 47. Recitative Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mystery  (00:32)
    43. Part The Second: 22. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God  (03:30)
    44. Part The Third: 48. Air: The trumpet shall sound  (09:04)
    45. Part The Second: 23. Air: He was despised  (09:54)
    46. Part The Third: 49. Recitative: Then shall be bought to pass  (00:16)
    47. Part The Second: 24. Chorus: Surely he hath borne our griefs  (01:47)
    48. Part The Third: 50. Duet: O death, where is thy sting?  (00:58)
    49. Part The Second: 25. Chorus: And with his stripes we are healed  (01:38)
    50. Part The Third: 51. Chorus: But thanks be to God  (02:16)
    51. Part The Second: 26. Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray  (04:23)
    52. Part The Third: 52. Air: If God be for us  (05:10)
    53. Part The Third: 53. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain - Amen  (07:46)

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