℗ 2016 Chandos
 

Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Andrew Staples, John Relyea, Elizabeth DeShong, Erin Wall, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

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Messiah, HWV 56  
1
Part I: Sinfonia: Grave - Allegro moderato
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:37
2
Part I: Accompanied Recitative: Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye my People (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:33
3
Part I: Aria: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:21
4
Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:35
5
Part I: Accompanied Recitative: Thus saith the Lord (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; John Relyea; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:31
6
Part I: Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Mezzo-soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Elizabeth DeShong; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:01
7
Part I: And He shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:31
8
Part I: Recitative: Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive (Mezzo-soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Elizabeth DeShong; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:29
9
Part I: Air: O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Mezzo-soprano, Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Elizabeth DeShong; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:07
10
Part I: Accompanied Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; John Relyea; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:20
11
Part I: Aria: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; John Relyea; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:09
12
Part I: For unto us a child is born (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:04
13
Part I: Pastoral Symphony
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:53
14
Part I: Accompanied Recitative: There were Shepherds Abiding in the Field (Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:14
15
Part I: Accompanied: And lo, the angel of the Lord (Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:21
16
Part I: Recitative: And the Angel said unto them (Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:38
17
Part I: Recitative: And suddenly there was the angel (Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:18
18
Part I: Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:04
19
Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:45
20
Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (Mezzo-soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Elizabeth DeShong; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:28
21
Part I: Duet: He shall feed His flock (Mezzo-soprano, Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Elizabeth DeShong; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:21
22
Part I: His yoke is easy. Not too fast and with lots of bounce! (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:24
1
Part II: Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:56
2
Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Mezzo-soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Elizabeth DeShong; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:11
3
Part II: Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:54
4
Part II: And with His stripes we are healed (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:49
5
Part II: All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:56
6
Part II: Accompanied Recitative: All they that see Him laugh (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:43
7
Part II: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:20
8
Part II: Accompanied Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:42
9
Part II: Arioso: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:16
10
Part II: Accompanied Recitative: He was cut off out of the land (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:16
11
Part II: Air: But Thou Didst not Leave his Soul in Hell (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:07
12
Part II: Lift up your heads (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:13
13
Part II: The Lord gave the word (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:00
14
Part II: Duet: How beautiful are the feet of Him that bringeth glad tidings of salvation (Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:07
15
Part II: Aria: Why do the nations (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; John Relyea; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:52
16
Part II: Let us break their bonds (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:48
17
Part II: Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Andrew Staples; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:15
18
Part II: Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:55
19
Part II: Hallelujah! (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:48
20
Part III: Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)
George Frideric Handel; Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:16
21
Part III: Since by man came death (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:07
22
Part III: Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; John Relyea; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:35
23
Part III: Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass)
George Frideric Handel; John Relyea; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:10
24
Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:58
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:53:58
Grammy Award nomination – Producer Of The Year, Classical, 2017
Grammy Award nomination – Best Choral Performance, 2017

"Five Stars ... a remarkable choral achievement."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... tenor Andrew Staples and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth De Shong are both superb, dramatically alert and technically fluent. John Relyea is compelling, too ... (the orchestra does) a terrific job realizing Davis’s flights of fancy. ..."
- Gramophone

The transcendent glory of Handel's beloved classic Messiah is taken to new heights on Sir Andrew Davis’s majestic, must-hear rendition, recorded live in December 2015. Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra make use of all the colours available from the modern orchestra to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements, sung here by an acclaimed cast of soloists. Without detracting from the innate power of the original, the conductor’s score calls for moments of drama, pathos and even, sometimes, whimsy. It is supported by substantial brass and woodwind forces and several percussion instruments, including marimba! As Davis explains in a very personal booklet note, he brought immense dedication to what is probably the most famous piece of British sacred music ever composed, this version being one which he has conducted live only a few times.

"Everything I have done instrumentally stems from the enormous respect, even awe, which I feel towards this supreme masterpiece."
- Sir Andrew Davis
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded live at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 2015
Executive producer: Ralph Couzens
Recording producer: Blanton Alspaugh (Soundmirror Inc.)
Sound engineer: John Newton (Soundmirror Inc.)
Mixing engineer: Mark Donahue (Soundmirror Inc.)
Mastering engineer: Mark Donahue (Soundmirror Inc.)
Editor: Mark Donahue (Soundmirror Inc.)
Chandos mastering: Rosanna Fish
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Production manager: Chris Walroth (Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
Front cover: Annunciazione (1587), oil painting by Scipione Pulzone ("Il Gaetano" 1544 - 1598), now at the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples / De Agostini Picture Library / A. Dagli Orti / Bridgeman Images
Back cover photograph of Sir Andrew Davis © Dario Acosta Photography
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co. (www.capandanchor.com)
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen
Publishers: Sir Andrew Davis

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