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Handel: Messiah

Gillian Keith, Daniel Taylor, Tom Randle, Sumner Thompson, Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers

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"High points: there are many, but I especially enjoyed the soprano’s precision in Rejoice ... when I was asked to review these discs, my first thought was: another Messiah, who needs it? I couldn’t have been more wrong."
- The WholeNote

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Messiah HWV 56  
1
Part I: Sinfony
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:04
2
Part I: Accompagnato. "Comfort Ye, My People"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:39
3
Part I: Air. "Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted."
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:10
4
Part I: Chorus. "And the Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:52
5
Part I: Accompagnato. "Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:20
6
Part I: Air. "But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
4:20
7
Part I: Chorus. "And He Shall Purify"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:29
8
Part I: Recitative. "Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive, and Bear a Son"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
0:27
9
Part I: Air and Chorus. "O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
4:55
10
Part I: Accompagnato. "For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:15
11
Part I: Air. "The People that Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:01
12
Part I: Chorus. "For Unto Us a Child is Born"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:52
13
Part I: Pastoral Symphony (Pifa)
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:38
14
Part I: Recitative. "There Were Shepherds" - Accompagnato. "And Lo, the Angel of the Lord Came Upon Them" - Recitative. "And The Angel Said Unto Them: Fear Not"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:04
15
Part I: Accompagnato. "And Suddenly There Was With the Angel" - Chorus. "Glory to God in the Highest"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:08
16
Part I: Air. "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
4:11
17
Part I: Recitative. "Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opened"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
0:30
18
Part I: Air. "He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
4:58
19
Part I: Chorus. "His Yoke is Easy and His Burden is Light"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:13
20
Part II: Chorus. "Behold the Lamb of God"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:44
21
Part II: Air. "He was Despised and Rejected of Men"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
9:41
22
Part II: Chorus. "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:46
23
Part II: Chorus. "And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:44
24
Part II: Chorus. "All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:58
1
Part II: Accompagnato. "All They That See Him Laugh Him to Scorn"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
0:46
2
Part II: Chorus. "He Trusted in God That He Would Deliver Him"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:12
3
Part II: Accompagnato. "Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:49
4
Part II: Arioso. "Behold and See if There Be Any Sorrow"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:14
5
Part II: Accompagnato. "He Was Cut off Out of the Land of the Living"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
0:15
6
Part II: Air. "But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:07
7
Part II: Chorus. "Lift Up Your Heads"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:50
8
Part II: Recitative. "Unto Which of the Angels" - Chorus. "Let All the Angels of God Worship Him"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:35
9
Part II: Air. "Thou Art Gone Up on High"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:10
10
Part II: Chorus. "The Lord Gave the Word"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:00
11
Part II: Air. "How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them That Preach"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:03
12
Part II: Chorus. "Their Sound is Gone Out Into All Lands"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:19
13
Part II: Air. "Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together?"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:39
14
Part II: Chorus. "Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder" - Recitative. "He That Dwelleth in Heaven"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:53
15
Part II: Air. "Thou Shalt Break Them With a Rod of Iron"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:00
16
Part II: Chorus. "Hallelujah!"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:54
17
Part III: Air. "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
5:28
18
Part III: Chorus. "Since by Man Came Death"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:02
19
Part III: Accompagnato. "Behold, I Tell You a Mystery"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
0:34
20
Part III: Air. "The Trumpet Shall Sound"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
8:25
21
Part III: Recitative. "Then Shall Be Brought to Pass"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
0:16
22
Part III: Duet. "O Death, Where is Thy Sting?"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
1:02
23
Part III: Chorus. "But Thanks Be to God Who Giveth Us the Victory"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
2:04
24
Part III: Air. "If God Be for Us, Who Can Be Against US?"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
4:44
25
Part III: Chorus. "Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
3:06
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Part III: Chorus. "Amen"
George Frideric Handel; Gillian Keith; Daniel Taylor; Tom Randle; Sumner Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society; Harry Christophers
4:24
Total Playing Time    2:14:50
"Christophers favours a conservative, English approach to his Messiah and he makes an effort to achieve his sonic goals. His direction here is as convincing as his soloists and chorus, who collectively imbue the performance with a state of grace found lacking in many contemporary period instrument accounts. This is as good as one could possible want of a Messiah performance."
- All About Jazz

This release was timed expressly to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Handel and Haydn Society, a professional chorus and period instrument orchestra founded in Boston in 1815. This is the society's first recording of Handel’s powerful oratorio under the direction of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, recorded live at Symphony Hall in November 2013.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – The Sixteen Productions Studio Masters

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