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Handel: Messiah (1751 version)

Academy of Ancient Music, New College Oxford Choir, Edward Higginbottom

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Messiah, HWV 56 (1751 Version): Part I  
1
Sinfonia
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:04
2
Accompanied recitative. Comfort ye, my people (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:16
3
Aria. Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:19
4
Chorus. And the glory of the Lord
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:32
5
Accompanied recitative. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:27
6
Aria. But who may abide the day of His coming (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
4:31
7
Chorus. And He shall purify
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:32
8
Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:24
9
Aria and Chorus. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
5:41
10
Accompanied recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:11
11
Aria. The people that walked in darkness (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:34
12
Chorus. For unto us a Child is born
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:52
13
Pifa
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:14
14
Accompanied recitative. There were shepherds abiding in the field (Trebles)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:28
15
Chorus. Glory to God in the highest
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:15
16
Aria. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
4:06
17
Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:24
18
Aria. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Countertenor, Treble)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
4:54
19
Chorus. His yoke is easy, His burthen is light
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:14
Messiah, HWV 56 (1751 Version): Part II  
20
Chorus. Behold, the Lamb of God
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:55
21
Aria. He was despised and rejected of men (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
12:21
1
Chorus. Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:03
2
Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:55
3
Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:34
4
Accompanied recitative. All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:42
5
Chorus. He trusted in God that He would deliver Him
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:20
6
Accompanied recitative. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:47
7
Aria. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:33
8
Accompanied recitative. He was cut off out of the land of the living (Treble)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:18
9
Aria. But thou didst not leave His soul in hell (Treble)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:59
10
Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:09
11
Recitative. Unto which of the angels said He at any time (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:19
12
Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship Him
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:40
13
Aria. Thou art gone up on high (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:10
14
Chorus. The Lord gave the word
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:12
15
Aria. How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace (Treble)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:18
16
Chorus. Their sound is gone out into all lands
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:32
17
Aria. Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:49
18
Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:53
19
Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:10
20
Aria. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:17
21
Chorus. Hallelujah
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:58
Messiah, HWV 56 (1751 Version): Part III  
22
Aria. I know that my redeemer liveth (Treble)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
5:49
23
Chorus. Since by man came death
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:04
24
Accompanied recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:38
25
Aria. The trumpet shall sound (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
8:38
26
Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
0:16
27
Duet. O death, where is thy sting (Countertenor and Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
1:06
28
Chorus. But thanks be to God
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
2:11
29
Aria. If God is for us, who can be against us (Countertenor)
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
4:52
30
Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:18
31
Chorus. Amen
George Frideric Handel; Henry Jenkinson; Otta Jones; Robert Brooks; Iestyn Davies; Toby Spence; Eamonn Dougan; New College Oxford Choir; Academy of Ancient Music; Edward Higginbottom
3:35
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:22:19
"... beautifully played, brightly sung, sweetly satisfying ... Higginbottom's choir produces some marvellous moments ... (his) direction does not boil with dramatic intensity but instead simmers along with patience, elegant judgement and articulate tastefulness ..."
- Gramophone

Handel’s most popular and joyous oratorio, a work of unfailing melodic invention and dramatic expressiveness, has almost become a British national institution, regularly performed by all manner of choirs and orchestras. This 2006 release presents a modern reconstruction of Handel’s unique London performances in 1751, when he used boy treble voices not only for the choruses but for the arias as well. It is a window onto a particular time and place in the history of Handel’s own performances of his masterpiece.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM - 2xHD Studio Masters

Recorded at St. John’s, Smith Square, London, UK from 3rd to 8th January, 2006

Producer: Adrian Hunter
Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Classic Sound Ltd.
Post-Production: Adrian Hunter, Nick Parker and Edward Higginbottom
2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme and Anne-Marie Sylvestre

2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry
Graphics: André Perry and Sylvie Labelle

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