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Handel: Messiah [CD]

John Eliot Gardiner Audio CD
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The outstanding English conductor, John Eliot Gardiner, first took up the baton at the age of fifteen. As an undergraduate student at Cambridge University, he toured the Middle East conducting the Oxford and Cambridge Singers before founding the Monteverdi Choir in 1964. After graduating, he studied with Thurston Dart in London and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

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  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel
  • Audio CD (11 Feb 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000266WD
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - SymphonyEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 1. Accompagnato: Comfort ye, My peopleEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 2. Air: Ev'ry Valley shall be exaltedEnglish Baroque Soloists 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 3. Chorus: And the glory of the LordEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 4. Accompagnato: Thus saith the LordEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 5. Air: "But who may abide the day of his coming"English Baroque Soloists 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 6. Chorus: And He shall purify the sons of LeviEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 7. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceiveEnglish Baroque Soloists0:28£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 8. Air - 9. Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidingsEnglish Baroque Soloists 5:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 10. Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall coverEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 11. Air: The people that walked in darknessEnglish Baroque Soloists 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 12. Chorus: "For unto us a Child is born"English Baroque Soloists 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)English Baroque Soloists 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 14. Recitative: There were shepherds - Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord - Recitative: And the angel said unto them - Accompagnato: And suddenlyEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 15. Chorus: Glory to God in the highestEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Messiah / Part 1 - 16. Air: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of ZionMargaret Marshall 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 17a. Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blindEnglish Baroque Soloists0:21£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 18a. Duet: He shall feed his flockMargaret Marshall 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 19. Chorus: His yoke is easyEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 20. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of GodEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 21. Air: He was despisedEnglish Baroque Soloists10:13£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 22. Chorus: Surely He hath borne our griefsEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 23. Chorus: And with His stripes we are healedEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 24. Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astrayEnglish Baroque Soloists 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 25. Accompagnato: All they that see HimEnglish Baroque Soloists0:46£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 26. Chorus: He trusted in GodEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 27. Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken His heartEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 28. Arioso: Behold and seeEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 29. Accompagnato: He was cut offEnglish Baroque Soloists0:13£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 30. Aria: But thou didst not leaveMargaret Marshall 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 31. Chorus: Lift up your headsEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 32. Recitative: Unto which of the angelsEnglish Baroque Soloists0:13£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 33. Chorus: Let all the angels of GodEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 34a. Air: "Thou art gone up on high"English Baroque Soloists 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 35. Chorus: The Lord gave the wordEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 36. Air: How beautiful are the feetMargaret Marshall 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 37a. Chorus: Their sound is gone outEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 38. Air: Why do the nationsEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 39. Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunderEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 40. Recitative: He that dwelleth in heavenEnglish Baroque Soloists0:11£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - 41. Air: Thou shalt break themEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - "Hallelujah"English Baroque Soloists 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 43. Air: I know that my Redeemer livethMargaret Marshall 6:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 44. Chorus: Since by man came deathEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 45. Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mysteryEnglish Baroque Soloists0:29£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 46. Air: The trumpet shall soundEnglish Baroque Soloists 8:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 47. Recitative: Then shall be brought to passEnglish Baroque Soloists0:15£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 48. Duet: O death where is thy sting?English Baroque Soloists 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 49. Chorus: But thanks be to GodEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 50. Air: If God be for usEnglish Baroque Soloists 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Handel: Messiah - Part 3 - 51. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb... AmenEnglish Baroque Soloists 7:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother Of All Messiahs 12 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this piece as a live radio simulcast when it was being recorded. It was bold and fresh and worthy of the composer and the subject matter. I have heard some monstrosities out there that are rather harsh on the ears, but you will find none of that in this recording. All of the pieces are phrased and enunciated so that the words are understood and they are poetically expressed in a manner that is worthy of the baroque period. I can feel the meaning behind each piece. I have been listening to this interpretation since it was first recorded and have never grown tired of it. Although there are some individual pieces by other conductors and artists that I enjoy very much, as a complete compilation no other interpretation even comes close to this one. I became bored with the Hogwood recording which is bland in comparison, and I am trying to sell it. I will always treasure and appreciate Gardiner's interpretation of this work and I consider this to be the mother of all Messiah's.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 1 Aug 2005
By Baz Douglas VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Like the previous reviewer, I was once a devotee of the Hogwood version. This is very different. Hogwood is excellent, not boring at all, but this is a very different take. This is totally driven, energetic, electric, it's what you want to listen to when you are driving through the countryside on a sunny day with the top down. There is a real depth of feeling, a joyous tone, wonderful singing, superb playing. I doubt if it's what Handel had in mind, that's where Hogwood probably scores, but this is utterly transformational. Just buy it, it's better than any medication, more powerful than any other version of this masterpiece (I have 12 versions)and if you are stuck with the old huge orchestra/modern instruments/mega chorus versions you may find it puzzling first time around, but, less is very, very, much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good 'Messiah' 30 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
There are many many recordings of 'Messiah' available. I have heard several of them but own only one and this is it. It's a very good version and I think John Eliot Gardiner conducts with energy but still brings out the beauty of the piece. His English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir is just the right size and sound I think.

There is not really a weak link among the solo voices. Anthony Rolfe Johnson was at his peak here as was Catherine Robbin and there is also a nice reminder of how lovely Margaret Marshall's voice was.

This is an excellent recording and highly recommended. I have a confession to make though - 'Messiah' is not my favourite Handel and I very seldom listen to it these days! For oratorio I much prefer 'Solomon' or 'Jephtha' instead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye cobweb! 23 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is for me a superb recording of this music. When I first heard it it swept away a lot of cobweb. It was like hearing the music for the very first time. The choruses are full of joy, triumph, glory and drama.

Gardiner has a fresh reading that his musicians are fully able to transform into sound. Especially the Monteverdi singers are absolute first class.

My only minus is some of the soloists. Tha bass soloist is lacking in character in my opinion.
I would also like some more embellishments in the da capo parts of some of the arias.
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