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Handel: Messiah
 
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Handel: Messiah

1 Sept. 2008 | Format: MP3

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I have several recordings of Messiah, but this one is really special. Obviously the singing is just as one would expect from The Sixteen and Harry Christophers - fantastic quality - but the music sounds so fresh and exciting as well. Another hit for me.
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This is a wonderful recording with a smaller than usual group. This enhances the clarity of the work and gives a very different listening experience to some of the pieces that we are used to hearing from a larger ensemble. The soloists are clear and accurate. Overall, this is the best version of the Messiah that I have ever heard.
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The number of excellent Messiah recordings must be "reckoning up by dozens" and it may be hard to pick a preferred recording from the many recordings of this Handel oratorio. Before the 1960s most Messiah recordings were gargantuan affairs, notably the RCA recording of Beecham. However, Robert Shaw and Sir Colin Davis changed the direction of Messiah performances and recordings by going back to Handel's original orchestral forces. Hogwood gave further impetus with his period instrument version, and many Messiahs have taken the lead from the Hogwood recording. I know that the small-orchestra versions may be manifestations of the great post-war trivialisation (or dumbing-down) of everything, and I know that there is no way in heaven that Baroque-era orchestra could have played Baroque music at such lickety-split speeds. However, I am still grateful that Shaw and Davis made the Messiah less galumphing wthout losing the expressive power of the music.

This Coro recording of Harry Christophers and the Sixteen follows in Hogwood's footsteps. Christophers and the Sixteen had previously recorded Messiah for the Hyperion label in 1988, but revisited the work again in 2008. I haven't got a copy of the Hyperion set, but this is still a strong studio-recorded performance on its own merits.

Of the in-house Messiahs that were produced during the mid-2000s, I find that I rather like the Christophers version a little better than the Rutter-Cambridge Singers and the Naxos version with Higginbottom and the New College (Chapel) Choir. I might put it on the same plane as the Butt-Dunedin version that uses the first Dublin text. There is more vividness and immediacy in this lovingly crafted performance. It also comes across as one of the best-engineered versions of recent years.
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Perfection! Unbelievable playing, immaculate choral singing and superb soloists. You need no other version.
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I love 'The Messiah', and this is one of my favourite renditions of it. 'The Sixteen' as a choir have a purity of sound and clarity of diction, without being clipped or cold. Exquisite musicianship, fine feeling, sensitive interpretation of the meaning.
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This recording is chrystal clear and the perfect diction of the singers makes it possible to enjoy the text of this great mucic. Very different from the huge choirs we are used to hearing, but note perfect - Brilliant !
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The best recording I've heard. Harry Christophers and the Sixteen make
sublime authentic music....second to none
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Excellent condition and prompt delivery. As with the other Messiah I bought on Amazon, it is clear sound, diction and beautiful voices - a really good find for a relative newcomer to the world of classical music. Thank you.
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