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Handel: Messiah [Double CD]

Richard Hickox Audio CD
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  • Performer: Joan Rodgers, Della Jones, Christopher Robson, Philip Langridge
  • Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90 Chorus, Collegium Musicum 90
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chaconne
  • ASIN: B000000A4Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Messiah, HWV 56: Symphony 3:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: Comfort ye (Tenor) 2:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: Ev'ry valley (Tenor) 3:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Messiah, HWV 56: And the glory (Chorus) 2:48£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: Thus said the Lord (Bass) 1:25£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: But who may abide? (Counter-tenor) 4:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify (Chorus) 2:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Messiah, HWV 56: Recitative: Behold, a virgin (Alto)0:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: O thou that tellest (Alto) 5:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: For behold, darkness (Bass) 2:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: The people that walked (Bass) 3:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us (Chorus) 3:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony0:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Messiah, HWV 56: Recitative: There were shepherds (Soprano)0:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord (Soprano)0:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Messiah, HWV 56: Recitative: And the angel said unto them (Soprano)0:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: And suddenly (Soprano)0:18£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Messiah, HWV 56: Glory to God (Chorus) 1:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: Rejoice greatly (Soprano) 4:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Messiah, HWV 56: Recitative: Then shall the eyes (Alto)0:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: And He shall feed his flock (Alto) 5:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Messiah, HWV 56: His yoke is easy (Chorus) 2:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Messiah, HWV 56: Behold the Land of God (Chorus) 3:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: He was despised (Alto)12:21Album Only
Listen25. Messiah, HWV 56: Surely, He hath borne (Chorus) 2:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Messiah, HWV 56: And with His stripes (Chorus) 2:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Messiah, HWV 56: All we like sheep (Chorus) 3:48£0.59  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: All they that see Him (Tenor)0:47£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Messiah, HWV 56: He trusted in God (Chorus) 2:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor) 1:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: Behold, and see (Tenor) 1:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: He was cut off (Tenor)0:13£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: But Thou didst not leave (Tenor) 2:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Messiah, HWV 56: Lift up your heads (Chorus) 3:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Messiah, HWV 56: Recitative: Unto which of the angels (Tenor)0:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Messiah, HWV 56: Let all the angels (Chorus) 1:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: Thou art gone up on high (Counter-tenor) 3:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Messiah, HWV 56: The Lord gave the word (Chorus) 1:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: How beautiful are the feet (Soprano) 2:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Messiah, HWV 56: Their sound is gone out (Chorus) 1:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: Why do the nations (Bass) 2:43£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Messiah, HWV 56: Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus) 1:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Messiah, HWV 56: Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven (Tenor)0:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: Thou shalt break them (Tenor) 2:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah (Chorus) 3:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: I know that my redeemer liveth (Soprano) 5:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Messiah, HWV 56: Since by man came death (Chorus) 2:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Messiah, HWV 56: Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)0:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: The trumpet shall sound (Bass) 8:58Album Only
Listen23. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: Then shall be brought to pass (Counter-tenor)0:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Messiah, HWV 56: Duet: O death, where is thy sting (Counter-tenor, Tenor) 1:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Messiah, HWV 56: But thanks be to God (Chorus) 2:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Messiah, HWV 56: Air: If God be for us (Soprano) 4:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb (Chorus) 7:44£0.59  Buy MP3 


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Recorded in 1991, this Messiah was one of the first major projects from Richard Hickox and Simon Standage's early music group Collegium Musicum 90. Undaunted by a work so familiar and so oft-recorded, Hickox and his new band produced a performance of remarkable freshness that still rates as one of the most enjoyable, natural-sounding Messiahs of the CD era. It's a warmer, more welcoming interpretation than those of other period-instrument groups directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, John Eliot Gardiner or William Christie; and even Paul McCreesh's celebrated 1997 version lacks some of Hickox's unassuming sensitivity. Here the springy, ebullient instrumental textures have an authentic clarity without seeming undernourished (trumpeter Crispian Steel-Perkins' formidable solo in "The trumpet shall sound" is a highlight); and these are more than matched by an admirable clarity of diction from soloists and chorus alike. You not only hear the words, but feel the force of the texts as sung by a stellar front-row line-up of seasoned Handelians. Della Jones' "He was despised" is a good example of full vibrato singing that yet remains focused on the words, while Bryn Terfel brings a mature richness to his arias, notably "The people that walk in darkness", which belies the fact that this was one of his first recordings. The chorus performs a similar feat, elucidating all the soul-stirring joy of "For unto us a child is born" and the famous "Hallelujah" chorus itself. There's no such thing as a definitive Messiah, but this is certainly one of the most satisfying all-round recordings in the catalogue.--Mark Walker

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This 1991 recording of Handel's Messiah was one of the very first projects by Richard Hickox and Collegium Musicum 90 (which he co-founded with Simon Standage). This winning partnership has since produced superb recordings of the complete Haydn Masses, 3 discs of Hummel Masses to date and a wonderful version of Beethoven's neglected Mass in C, all for Chandos.

There are so many things which strike me as outstanding about this recording of Messiah. Every time I hear it I am immediately impressed by the way the soloists declaim the text to the listener; always so important in this work. In particular, Philip Langridge and Bryn Terfel both lend particular dramatic projection to the words and I cannot recall anyone who outshines them on disc. Terfel brings wonderful fire to all of the bass arias. All of the soloists are impressive.

The singing of the choir is a constant joy - you can hear every word and they are marvellously agile and disciplined in the faster choruses. Similarly, the period-instrument band, led by Simon Standage, is consistently first rate, beautifully tuned and sweet toned. Hickox's tempi always seem to be unerringly judged, with rhythms nicely sprung. The finely-balanced Chandos recording has both immediacy and atmosphere in equal measure. I can confidently recommend Hickox's recording of Messiah alongside the celebrated versions of Trevor Pinnock and Paul McCreesh, amongst several others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, English, sober 22 May 2006
By rc_rc
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This is a superb Messiah conducted by Richard Hickox.

Middle of the road, sensitive smooth and detailed, not unlike Pinnock's (also superb, not entirely surprising considering its extremely similar English orchestral and choral forces), with breathtaking choral climaxes and wonderfully subtle genuine artistry from the soloists, less romanticised than pinnock instead with a more classical composure. One of the very best, with a top-notch DDD recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear delight. 2 Jan 2003
By M. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording of the Messiah has become my favorite. I was raised on the common full-orchestra/large chorus versions, and later in my life came to prefer the 1743 "early" versions. I find the clean orchestration much more pleasant. Up until now, I've enjoyed the Marriner production. However, I find the Hickox version to have a crisper orchestral sound. My own training and experience is as a vocalist, and the chorus in the Hickox production is sublime. Every consonant of each singer is pronounced identically and at the same time, producing a clarity rarely heard in choruses. There is space between the words, so you can actually understand them! The soloists are great - Rodgers' soprano clear but light, Landgridge's tenor very enjoyable, and Terfel great as usual. There are a number of places where Hickox uses changes in dynamics not often heard, to add interest and emotion. But I think my favorite move of his is that he slows down somewhat for a legato "Amen." So many conductors run through that so fast, as if they can't wait for the darned thing to be over. Hickox takes it with majesty and treats it as a beautiful, reverent ending to one of the world's greatest, enduring musical masterpieces. If you're a fan of choirs with really good technique, this is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars **** 1/2 Robust solo singing wedded to a skillful period band 17 Dec 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite the off-putting cover art, Hockox leads a competitive Messiah in the hybrid category launched in the Sixties by Colin Davis. One of the great strengths of Davis's groundbreaking recording was the solo singing, and Hockox has found nearly the best singers since then, thanks to the young Bryn Terfel's commanding performance and Philip Langridge's superior tenor. Both are fine enough to erase memories of the woolly, discreet oratorio style of the past. Countertenor Christopher Robson is also quite musical and possessed of an attractive voice, although frankly I would have preferred to hear Terfel sing "For he is like a refiner's fire." At least we have the thrill of "Why do the nations" and a glorious "The trumpet shall sound" - have either been better done on records?

Alto Della Jones gets a share of the arias usually assigned to a woman rather than a countertenor, such as "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion," but she's rather matronly in delivery, harking back to an earlier age. Her technique is good, but she has no charisma. The one singer who must have charisma is the soprano, who is given the most beautiful arias. Without effacing memories of Jennifer Vyvyan and Heather Harper, Joan Rodgers does very well. She has the "virtuous" sound demanded by "I know that my Redeemer liveth," done with touching sincerity. On the whole, though, it's the male side of the solo quintet that shines.

The solo singing has no real air of HIP style, leaving aside a few ornamentations, which is why this is a hybrid performance; the Collegium Musicum 90 is a period group, so against Joan Rodgers' fluttery vibrato we get no vibrato in the strings. the meeting of opposites remains very pleasing nonetheless, and the engineers have managed to make the harpsichord audible without gross exaggeration. the small chorus sings very expertly. As for Hickox himself, leading the standard performing edition, he splits the difference between the Messiah as religious work and as theater piece. I wish her were more consistent. Langridge dramatizes "Ev'ry valley" to exciting effect, but then we drop into a placid "And the glory of the Lord."

Despite its tame moments, this performance benefits from Hickox's great experience as a choral conductor. Nothing is anemic or dry, which cannot be said of esteemed HIP Messiahs under Gardiner and Pinnock. The touchstone, as ever, is the Hallelujah Chorus, which really should resound to the hills - Hickox comes closer than most. (It's hard to find a HIP reading, however skillful, where the Hallelujah's don't sound like calling the waiter for more hot water.)

I'd want to own this recording if only for Terfel's great singing, but enough of the rest is so good that it makes a solid recommendation for anyone who likes a reduced Messiah that boasts robust singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD 15 Jan 2012
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best Messiah CD I have ever heard. Very clear, very professional, very musical, so satisfied with my purchase. Worth every penny. Hearing a countertenor perform in some of the pieces is interesting also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tape 20 Jun 2009
By Just Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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The product arrived quickly and was in excellent condition. This recording of the Messiah is the best I have run across. The singing is superb and it is very easy to understand the words.
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