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Handel: Messiah (2CDs)
 
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Handel: Messiah (2CDs)

18 Sept. 1995 | Format: MP3

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Time
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30
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3:03
30
2
6:23
30
3
2:57
30
4
4:29
30
5
2:07
30
6
6:01
30
7
6:14
30
8
3:35
30
9
2:53
30
10
3:10
30
11
1:44
30
12
4:10
30
13
4:58
30
14
1:58
30
15
2:58
30
16
11:16
Disc 2
30
1
2:07
30
2
1:26
30
3
3:27
30
4
2:51
30
5
3:48
30
6
2:23
30
7
2:57
30
8
1:41
30
9
3:10
30
10
1:02
30
11
3:17
30
12
1:09
30
13
3:07
30
14
2:33
30
15
3:39
30
16
5:13
30
17
1:50
30
18
10:09
30
19
4:56
30
20
4:39
30
21
6:36

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1976
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 1976
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:19:56
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  • ASIN: B0048L3TSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,230 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The singers in this recording deliver beautiful performances, both the soloists and the chorus - good phrasing, diction, and ensemble singing. However, I didn't realize before buying this CD that, as the liner notes say, "Neville Mariner's recording is based on the first London performance of 1743, and several numbers are markedly different from the more familiar later versions." Some pieces are sung by different voice parts, and others include bars of music that Handel cut or changed later. The most disappointing part for me was "But who may abide," (sung by bass instead of alto) which lacks the prestissimo "refiner's fire" section that most of us are used to (and which I really enjoy!) This would certainly be an excellent historical recording for someone who collects or studies Handel's music - beautifully performed (though some parts seem a bit too fast), and interesting for studying the development of Handel's composition. However, if you're just looking for a familiar Messiah, this isn't the one for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is not your usual Messiah. It is the first London version of 1743. Therefore several numbers are markedly different from the more familiar versions usually performed today (i.e. The Foundling Hospital version or Composite versions)and almost incised upon our memories and minds. There are cuts, additions and scorings for different voices. The Bass air no. 6 lacks the alto section. The usual duet no. 20 for Alto and Soprano, ( He shall feed his flock) is here only as an Alto aria, etc. There are many other variations and cuts and additions with respect to the usual presently performed versions. For my tastes the Christie recording (on Harmonia Mundi) is the definitive version (for the soloists)(on period instruments), along with the Parrott/ Taverner choir version on Virgin (for the overall well-balanced and extremely refined interpretation), as well as the Hogwood version (on l'Oiseau Lyre). Also don't overlook the angelic all boys choir Naxos version by Higginbottom or the Boston Baroque jubilant version by Martin Pearlman on Telarc. I would recommended this recording if you are interested in this early version, which is performed beautifully on this recording. Haendel: MessiahHandel: MessiahHandel: MessiahHandel: MessiahHandel - Messiah (1751 version)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aquila on 28 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I love this piece of music and I love this recording - I had it many years ago on vinyl. It's got everything: a fantastic orchestra brilliantly conducted and sparkling soloists - Gwynn Howells bass is rich but precise. The beauty and drama of the music shine. I also have the sixteen's version and I'm sure there are other great recordings but this is my personal favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Roundhouse on 5 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The outstanding thing about this recording is Gwyn Howell, the bass baritone. It's a personal thing but I have never heard such a beautiful bass voice.

However, the chorus is first rate too. Diction is bang on and the sound light and dancing rather than the all too common stodgy mush.

I am very happy with this recording.
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I finally found an mp3 version to replace my no-longer-playable cassettes !! No other version compares, it has all the numbers that are usually omitted and the singers are wonderful.
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