Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah

by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

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Handel: Messiah

Fulfilling all expectations for a historically informed performance on original instruments, Tafelmusik's period re-creation of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" is among the finest on the market. Led by choral director Ivars Taurins, the award-winning Canadian ensemble is one of the most recognizable Baroque orchestras and chamber choirs in the world, and its excellent reputation is burnished by this 2011 performance, which radiates brillance and energy, along with an emotional depth that fully enhances the work's expression. The four vocal soloists are superb in their smooth tonal production and subtle phrasing, expert in the art of embellishment, and clear and easy to understand, despite the virtuosity of Handel's parts. Also outstanding in this regard is the choir, which is lean and limber, fully capable of handling the long streams of sixteenth notes while communicating every word. The orchestra is luminous in its string tone, and the crispness of the ensemble's playing brings across every rhythm and ornament with scintillating clarity. Even though this recording has been issued on two CDs, the reproduction is first-rate and quite as transparent and resonant as a super audio recording. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: Tafelmusik Media
UPC: 0880513101629
catalogNumber: 1016
Rank: 70303

Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56

    1. Part 1. Sinfony  (03:13)
    2. Part 2. Chorus. Surely He hath borne our griefs  (02:04)
    3. Part 1. Accompagnato. Comfort ye, my people  (02:49)
    4. Part 2. Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed  (01:51)
    5. Part 1. Air. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted  (03:24)
    6. Part 2. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray  (03:54)
    7. Part 1. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord  (02:36)
    8. Part 2. Accompagnato. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn  (00:44)
    9. Part 1. Accompagnato. Thus saith the Lord  (01:22)
    10. Part 2. Chorus. He trusted in God  (02:17)
    11. Part 1. Air. But who may abide the day of His coming  (04:17)
    12. Part 2. Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart  (01:42)
    13. Part 1. Chorus. And He shall purify the sons of Levi  (02:28)
    14. Part 2. Arioso. Behold, and see  (01:44)
    15. Part 1. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive / Air & Chorus. O thou that tellest good tiding  (05:29)
    16. Part 2. Accompagnato. He was cut off  (00:15)
    17. Part 1. Accompagnato. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth  (01:55)
    18. Part 2. Air. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell  (02:12)
    19. Part 1. Air. The people that walked in darkness  (04:15)
    20. Part 2. Chorus. Lift up your heads  (03:03)
    21. Part 1. Chorus. For unto us a Child is born  (03:58)
    22. Part 2. Recitative. Unto which of the angels / Chorus. Let all the angels  (01:32)
    23. Part 1. Pifa / Recitative Accompagnato. There were shepherds  (02:21)
    24. Part 2. Air. Thou art gone up on high  (03:03)
    25. Part 1. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest  (01:53)
    26. Part 2. Chorus. The Lord gave the word  (01:08)
    27. Part 1. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion  (04:32)
    28. Part 2. Air. How beautiful are the feet  (02:37)
    29. Part 1. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened / Duet. He shall feed His flock like  (05:49)
    30. Part 2. Chorus. Their sound is gone out  (01:13)
    31. Part 1. Chorus. His yoke is easy  (02:29)
    32. Part 2. Air. Why do the nations  (01:15)
    33. Part 2. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God  (02:44)
    34. Part 2. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder  (01:54)
    35. Part 2. Air. He was despised  (11:26)
    36. Part 2. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven / Air. Thou shalt break them  (02:09)
    37. Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah  (04:02)
    38. Part 3. Air. I know that my Redeemer liveth  (06:33)
    39. Part 3. Chorus. Since by man came death  (02:05)
    40. Part 3. Accompagnato. Behold, I tell you a mystery  (00:33)
    41. Part 3. Air. The trumpet shall sound  (08:47)
    42. Part 3. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass / Duet. O death, where is thy sting?  (01:30)
    43. Part 3. Chorus. But thanks be to God  (02:41)
    44. Part 3. Air. If God be for us  (05:01)
    45. Part 3. Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb  (03:42)
    46. Part 3. Chorus. Amen  (04:39)

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