G.F. Handel: Messiah

G.F. Handel: Messiah

by Jane Glover

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Overview

G.F. Handel: Messiah

As an authentic period performance of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah," this live 2010 recording by the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Northern Sinfonia remains true to both Baroque practices and the chorus' own tradition. The hymn "Christians, Awake!" has been sung regularly since 1849 at Huddersfield performances of the oratorio, so it opens this Signum Classics recording with a clear sense of the society's pride in its past, though it may have a slightly disconcerting effect for unsuspecting listeners. But rest assured, this really is a performance of "Messiah," and the interpretation under early music expert Jane Glover is consistent with the norms of scholarly research. Her brisk tempos, lean instrumentation, free embellishments, and flexibility in expression sort well with most historically informed performances. The singing by soprano Elizabeth Watts, alto Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Mark Le Brocq, and bass James Oldfield is well-controlled and not overly dramatic, but appropriate to the uplifting mood of the work, and the chorus is agile and light, particularly in its many passages of running sixteenth notes. This performance deserves consideration as a worthy contender among many other authentic versions, and despite the modest fame of the groups involved, this polished album warrants wide distribution and favorable responses.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2011
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212024621
catalogNumber: 246

Tracks

  1. Christians awake! salute the happy morn, Christmas hymn  (02:02)
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56

    1. Part 2. Chorus. Surely, He hath borne our griefs  (02:01)
    2. Part 1. Sinfony  (03:11)
    3. Part 2. Chorus. And with His stripes  (01:47)
    4. Part 1. Accompagnato. Comfort Ye  (03:04)
    5. Part 2. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray  (03:48)
    6. Part 1. Song. Every Valley  (03:15)
    7. Part 2. Accompagnato. All they that see Him  (00:45)
    8. Part 1. Chorus. And the Glory of the Lord  (02:45)
    9. Part 2. Chorus. He trusted in God  (02:07)
    10. Part 1. Accompagnato. Thus saith the Lord  (01:24)
    11. Part 2. Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart  (01:49)
    12. Part 1. Song. But who may abide  (04:17)
    13. Part 2. Song. Behold and see  (01:24)
    14. Part 1. Chorus. And He shall purify  (02:35)
    15. Part 2. Accompagnato. He was cut off  (00:16)
    16. Part 1. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive  (00:32)
    17. Part 2. Song. But Thou didst not leave  (01:53)
    18. Part 1. Song & Chorus. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion  (05:23)
    19. Part 2. Chorus. Lift up your heads  (03:06)
    20. Part 1. Accompagnato. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth  (02:18)
    21. Part 2. Song. Thou art gone up on high  (03:23)
    22. Part 1. Accompagnato. The people that walked in darkness  (03:18)
    23. Part 2. Chorus. The Lord gave the word  (01:05)
    24. Part 1. Chorus. For unto us a Child is born  (03:54)
    25. Part 2. Song. How beautiful are the feet  (02:23)
    26. Part 1. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)  (03:09)
    27. Part 2. Chorus. Their sound is gone out into all lands  (01:21)
    28. Part 1. Recitative. There were shepherds / Accompagnato. And lo, the Angel of the Lord / Recitative  (01:04)
    29. Part 2. Song. Why do the nations so furiously rage  (02:49)
    30. Part 1. Accompagnato. And suddenly there was with the Angel  (00:17)
    31. Part 2. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder  (01:44)
    32. Part 1. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest  (01:59)
    33. Part 2. Recitative. He that dwelleth in Heaven  (00:13)
    34. Part 1. Song. Rejoice greatly  (04:20)
    35. Part 2. Song. Thou shalt break them  (01:54)
    36. Part 1. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind / Song. He shall feed His flock  (05:57)
    37. Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah!  (03:48)
    38. Part 1. Chorus. His yoke is easy  (02:17)
    39. Part 3. Song. I know that my Redeemer liveth  (06:29)
    40. Part 2. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God  (03:15)
    41. Part 3. Chorus. Since by man came death  (01:52)
    42. Part 2. Song. He was despised  (10:45)
    43. Part 3. Accompagnato. Behold, I tell you a mystery  (00:35)
    44. Part 3. Song. The trumpet shall sound  (04:06)
    45. Part 3. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass / Duet. O death, where is thy sting?  (01:18)
    46. Part 3. Chorus. But thanks be to God  (02:06)
    47. Part 3. Song. If God be for us  (05:06)
    48. Part 3. Chorus. Wothy is the Lamb  (03:06)
    49. Part 3. Chorus. Amen  (04:33)

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