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Handel: Messiah (Foundling Hospital Version 1754) [CD]

Judith Nelson, George Frideric Handel, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby Audio CD
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  • Performer: Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliott, David Thomas
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (26 Mar 1991)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: L'Oiseau Lyre
  • ASIN: B000004CXU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - SymphonyChristopher Hogwood 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - Comfort ye, My people - Ev'ry Valley shall be exaltedChristopher Hogwood 6:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - And the glory of the LordSimon Preston 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - Thus saith the Lord - But who may abide...Emma Kirkby 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - And He shall purify the sons of LeviSimon Preston 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - Behold, a Virgin shall conceive - O thou that tellest good tidings to ZionSimon Preston 6:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - For behold, darkness shall cover the earth - The people that walked in darknessDavid Thomas 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - For unto us a Child is bornSimon Preston 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)Christopher Hogwood0:52£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - There were shepherds - Glory to GodSimon Preston 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - Rejoice greatly, o daughter of ZionJudith Nelson 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - Then shall the eyes of the blind - He shall feed his flockJudith Nelson 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - His yoke is easySimon Preston 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Behold the Lamb of GodSimon Preston 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - He was despisedChristopher Hogwood10:19£1.49  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Surely he hath borne our griefs - And with his stripesSimon Preston 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - All we like sheep have gone astraySimon Preston 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - All they that see him - He trusted in GodSimon Preston 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Thy rebuke hath broken his heart - He was cut offJudith Nelson 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - But thou didst not leave his soul in hellJudith Nelson 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Lift up your headsSimon Preston 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Unto which of the angels - Let all the AngelsSimon Preston 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Thou art gone up on highEmma Kirkby 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - The Lord gave the wordSimon Preston 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - How beautiful are the feetJudith Nelson 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Their sound is gone outSimon Preston 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - Why do the nations so furiously rage together? - Let us break their bonds asunderSimon Preston 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - He that dwelleth in heaven - Thou shalt break themChristopher Hogwood 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - HallelujahSimon Preston 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - I know that my Redeemer livethJudith Nelson 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - Since by man came deathSimon Preston 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - Behold, I tell you a mystery -The Trumpet shall soundDavid Thomas 8:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - Then shall be brought to pass - O Death, where is thy sting?Christopher Hogwood 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - But thanks be to GodSimon Preston 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - If God be for usEmma Kirkby 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - Worthy is the Lamb - Blessing and honourSimon Preston 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Messiah / Part 3 - AmenSimon Preston 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 


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2CD -Hogwood

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The piece as it should be heard 18 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this recording as a teen on vinyl and have spend the last few years trying to track it down on CD. The appeal of this particular version is that it is scored for a small orchestra, such as would have performed it at the time of writing, and without any more modern instruments that have crept into use since the piece was written. This makes the sound so much more precise and clear, and every nuance can be heard. The soloists are outstanding, particularly the alto which has the most demanding part and can so often disappoint. And it's a small point, but the choir sings in an English accent. Basically buy this version of the Messiah over any others - it's loads better!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The divine masterpiece 4 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first ever version I bought of the Messiah was this recording on vinyl when it was first released. Having long ago banished my turntable to the attick I have regularly asked for CD's of the Messiah as gifts.
Having been dissapointed time and again by slow, overblown, durgy or football crowd renditions i finally sought out the CD version of this masterpeice again.
What joy! Such a lively flowing fresh performance unmatched by any other I've heard. If you're tired of ponderous, brash hollywood cast of thousands versions of this masterpiece, tell your family NOT to buy you yet another budget priced recording - hang the expense- this is the CD for you.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one! 24 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you want a copy of the Messiah but are daunted by the choice, this is the one you want.
This is performed on "original instruments" and therefore is as pure as it's going to get. But whether you're a purist or just a happy appreciator (like me), this is the most wonderful, most glorious rendering of this piece of music!
The day we got these two CDs we dedicated the day to listening to it as a family with pauses after each of the three sections. I typed up copies of the words for everyone, we turned the speakers up and it was almost like being there in concert. Everyone now has a great appreciation for both the music and the words.
Just glorious music!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Messiah in the world! 17 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
You don't have to be interested in religion to appreciate the stunning achievement that this composition represented. So many people only know it from overblown versions with massive choirs, a sort of battleship approach to music. It was not written to be performed like that at all, and Hogwood went 'back to basics' to get as close as he could to the musical form that Handel originally wanted.
It's a remarkable success, and it makes Handel's achievement all the clearer. The vocal performances are very good, and Kirkby's subsequent fame owes a lot to her performance here. But it's not an Emma Kirkby CD, it's Handel's Messiah, and focussing on her at the cost of the other artists is just not appropriate.
If you don't know this version, do take my word for it - it's incredible. A must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Recording! 14 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
I bought this to replace the original vinyl version, no longer listened to. It was a good choice. Christopher Hogwood has the most brilliant touch with any musical piece that he turns his attention to. Even after all these years since it was first recorded, the music and the voices have a genuine, honest quality about them - perhaps, because CH has removed much of the over excited 'nonsense' that most put into 'their' version of the Alleluja chorus. When you hear it on this CD you will understand why King George was reputed to have jumped from his seat and insisted on it being sung again!

Highly recommended - buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite 3 Nov 2008
By L. Hunt
Format:Audio CD
It really depends on what you want from a Messiah as to what you want hear on a recording. If you like huge choirs of men and women and large orchestras with woodwind, then avoid this recording as it is not your style! However, if you like period instruments, this is a natural choice. The overall sound is sharper and more austere than many recordings, but this is also partly due to its origins.

This is the 1754 version for the Foundling Hospital, when 4 or 6 trebles and 13 men from the Chapel Royal were used as the choir; and two soparanos, an alto, tenor and bass performed the solos. This authentic, documented arrangement is quite different from many modern performances, which also omit half a dozen or so arias and recitatives that are recorded here (including "Death where is thy sting?").

Overall, this recording of Messiah feels right. The dark, scratchy sound from the orchestra is summoned for "He was despised and rejected of men." Emma Kirkby dazzles with clarity in "He is like a refiners fire". The (all important) Hallelujah chorus is strong, confident and has a great finally - but is less exuberant than some. This is made up for by "Worth is a lamb that was slain" that is a wall of sound from the off.

So it won't suit everyone, but it is a cracking version and a great one to have, especially if it is the only one you own!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesssss! 29 Nov 2012
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Messiah: A Sacred Oratario This is the one! Quite an old recording now, but still my favourite. There are minor irritations; some pronunciations seem a little bizarre, but the overall quality and feel of the piece shine through. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 16 Nov 2012
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I could listen to this all day. This is the first production I have heard so cannot compare with other productions. I was hoping for good soloists and certainly found that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crystal clear
I had already got this on CD, then on my kindle so have kind of bought it twice over - but could listen to it all day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless
For all its famous choruses and arias, Handel's Messiah in its entirety used sometimes to be a bit of a plod. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Johnny Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most perfecting Messiah
I've got many recordings of this Works.
Short List: Founding Hospital Version 1754 (with Christopher Hogwood & The Academy of Ancient Music)L'OISEAU-LYRE
(With Gabriel... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Torbjørn Lygre
5.0 out of 5 stars Benchmark recording of the Messiah
Most of the recordings of the Messiah rely rather on the brilliance of Handel's compostion than on the soloists to create an acceptable product. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Gawie Wolmarans
5.0 out of 5 stars Hogwood's Messiah
I confess I am writing this review having only listened to the highlights but on the strength of my enjoyment, I have ordered the whole set. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Bacchus
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Messiah recording available
This is probably the best Messiah recording available. All the singers and the orchestra are just perfect. It imitates the Foundling Hospital version of 1754. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2011 by cegg
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Messiah
This is my favourite version of Messiah - by a distance, although I have a soft spot for the Naxos version. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by Mike Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendously effective account
I've had this on the shelf for so long it's falling to bits but it is still surprising, lively, profound and wonderful. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Pat Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, clear but shy of perfection
This is a very clear, very well sung version of the Messiah. The tenor has one of the purest most beautiful voices I have ever heard... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2007 by Bobby
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