Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah

by Trevor Pinnock

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Overview

Handel: Messiah

A true classic of historically informed performance practice, Trevor Pinnock's 1988 recording of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" with the English Concert and Choir is one of the finest versions available to offer authentic instruments and lively, embellished singing that is idiomatic to the Baroque period. With such superb soloists as soprano Arleen Augér, contralto Anne Sofie von Otter, countertenor Michael Chance, tenor Howard Crook, and bass John Tomlinson performing at a consistently high level of vocal quality and interpretive skill, and with the choir singing with lean lines and crisp enunciation, the oratorio's text is perfectly understandable and enjoyable for its dramatic retelling of the Gospel narrative. But the musical glory of this recording is the marvelous sound of the English Concert, which supplies the accompaniment with radiant sonorities and exciting rhythmic vitality, and makes this "Messiah" a clear demonstration of why rediscovering period practice is essential to revealing the true nature of early music. At the time of its release, this version was still a pioneering effort, competing against many other recordings of "Messiah" in a stodgy traditional style that bore the stylistic accretions of over two centuries. But Pinnock and his fellows in the cause stripped away the musicological varnish and made knowledge of Baroque instrumentation and ornamentation essential to performing the music of Handel and other composers of the era, and the effects of their efforts are obvious in most recordings of the 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Archiv Produktion
UPC: 0028942363021
catalogNumber: 423630
Rank: 267027

Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56

    1. Part 1. 1. Sinfony (Grave - Allegro moderato)  (03:23)
    2. Part 2. 24. Chorus. Surely he hath borne our griefs  (02:27)
    3. Part 1. 2. Accompagnato. Comfort ye my people  (03:25)
    4. Part 2. 25. Chorus. And with his stripes we are healed  (01:52)
    5. Part 1. 3. Air. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted  (03:31)
    6. Part 2. 26. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray  (03:54)
    7. Part 1. 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed  (02:51)
    8. Part 2. 27. Accompagnato. All they that see him  (00:46)
    9. Part 1. 5. Accompagnato. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts  (01:35)
    10. Part 2. 28. Chorus. He trusted in God  (02:33)
    11. Part 1. 6. Air. But who may abide the day of his coming  (04:45)
    12. Part 2. 29. Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart  (01:49)
    13. Part 1. 7. Chorus. And he shall purify  (02:25)
    14. Part 2. 30. Arioso. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow  (01:59)
    15. Part 1. 8. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive  (00:29)
    16. Part 2. 31. Accompagnato. He was cut off out of the land  (00:14)
    17. Part 1. 9. Air. O thou that tellest good tidings  (05:30)
    18. Part 2. 32. Air. But thou didst not leave his soul  (02:08)
    19. Part 1. 10. Accompagnato. For behold, darkness shall cover  (03:03)
    20. Part 2. 33. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates  (03:04)
    21. Part 1. 11. Air. The people that walked in darkness  (03:55)
    22. Part 2. 34. Recitative. Unto which of the angels  (00:12)
    23. Part 1. 12. Chorus. For unto us a Child is born  (04:04)
    24. Part 2. 35. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship him  (01:29)
    25. Part 1. 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)  (01:10)
    26. Part 2. 36. Air. Thou art gone up on high  (03:10)
    27. Part 1. 14. Recitative. There were shepherds abiding in the field / Accompagnato. And lo, the angel  (01:34)
    28. Part 2. 37. Chorus. The Lord gave the word  (01:05)
    29. Part 1. 17. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest  (01:59)
    30. Part 2. 38. Air. How beautiful are the feet  (02:37)
    31. Part 1. 18. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion  (04:48)
    32. Part 2. 39. Chorus. Their sound is gone out  (01:22)
    33. Part 1. 19. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind  (00:21)
    34. Part 2. 40. Air. Why do the nations so furiously rage  (02:56)
    35. Part 1. 20. Air. He shall feed his flock  (06:09)
    36. Part 2. 41. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder  (01:48)
    37. Part 1. 21. Chorus. His yoke is easy, his burthen is light  (02:21)
    38. Part 2. 42. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven  (00:10)
    39. Part 2. 22. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God  (03:17)
    40. Part 2. 43. Air. Thou shalt break them  (02:05)
    41. Part 2. 23. Air. He was despised  (13:15)
    42. Part 2. 44. Chorus. Hallelujah  (03:58)
    43. Part 3. 45. Air. I know that my Redeemer liveth  (06:42)
    44. Part 3. 46. Chorus. Since by man came death  (02:20)
    45. Part 3. 47. Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery  (00:31)
    46. Part 3. 48. Air. The trumpet shall sound  (08:59)
    47. Part 3. 49. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass  (00:16)
    48. Part 3. 50. Duet. O death, where is thy sting?  (01:03)
    49. Part 3. 51. Chorus. But thanks be to God  (02:12)
    50. Part 3. 52. Air. If God be for us  (04:41)
    51. Part 3. 53. Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain - Amen  (07:30)

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