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Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, David Willcocks

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Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1  
1.1
Sinfonia
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:09
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1, Scene 1  
1.2
Accompagnato. "Comfort Ye My People" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:26
1.3
Aria. "Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:41
1.4
Chorus. "And the Glory, the Glory of the Lord" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:04
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1, Scene 2  
1.5
Accompagnato. "Thus Saith the Lord" (feat. Benjamin Luxon)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Benjamin Luxon; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:49
1.6
Aria. "But Who May Abide" (feat. James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:38
1.7
Chorus. "And He Shall Purify" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:40
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1, Scene 3  
1.8
Recitative. "Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive" (feat. James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:31
1.9
Aria. "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings" (feat. James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:56
1.10
Chorus. "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:43
1.11
Accompagnato. "For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth" (feat. Benjamin Luxon)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Benjamin Luxon; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:33
1.12
Aria. "The People That Walked in Darkness" (feat. Benjamin Luxon)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Benjamin Luxon; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:13
1.13
Chorus. "For Unto Us a Child Is Born" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:15
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1, Scene 4  
1.14
Pastoral Symphony "Pifa"
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:27
1.15
Recitative. "There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:45
1.16
Chorus. "Glory to God" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:23
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1, Scene 5  
1.17
Chorus. "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:55
1.18
Recitative. "Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened" (feat. James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:29
1.19
Aria with Choir. "He Shall Feed His Flock" (feat. James Bowman, Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:52
1.20
Chorus. "His Yoke Is Easy" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:32
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2, Scene 1  
1.21
Chorus. "Behold the Lamb of God" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:01
1.22
Aria. "He Was Despised and Rejected of Men" (feat. James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
11:09
1.23
Chorus. "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:18
1.24
Chorus. "And with His Stripes We Are Healed" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:57
1.25
Chorus. "All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:08
1.26
Accompagnato. "All They That See Him" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:53
1.27
Chorus. "He Trusted in God" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:12
1.28
Accompagnato. "Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:41
1.29
Arioso. "Behold, and See" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:38
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2, Scene 2  
1.30
Accompagnato. "He Was Cut Off" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:21
1.31
Aria. "But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:00
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2, Scene 3  
1.32
Chorus. "Lift Up Your Heads" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:14
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2, Scene 4  
1.33
Recitative. "Unto Which of the Angels" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:21
1.34
Chorus. "Let All the Angels of God Worship Him" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:33
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2, Scene 5  
1.35
Aria. "Thou Art Gone up on High" (feat. James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:53
1.36
Chorus. "The Lord Gave the Word" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:20
1.37
Chorus. "How Beautiful Are the Feet" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:23
1.38
Chorus. "Their Sound Is Gone Out" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:32
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2, Scene 6  
1.39
Aria. "Why Do the Nations" (feat. Benjamin Luxon)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Benjamin Luxon; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:55
1.40
Chorus. "Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:56
1.41
Recitative. "He That Dwelleth in Heav'n" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:17
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2, Scene 7  
1.42
Aria. "Thou Shalt Break Them" (feat. Robert Tear)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:18
1.43
Chorus. "Hallelujah" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4:26
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 3, Scene 1  
1.44
Chorus. "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
5:57
1.45
Chorus. "Since by Man Came Death" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:01
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 3, Scene 2  
1.46
Accompagnato. "Behold, I Tell You a Mystery" (feat. Benjamin Luxon)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Benjamin Luxon; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:42
1.47
Aria. "The Trumpet Shall Sound" (feat. Benjamin Luxon)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Benjamin Luxon; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
9:17
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 3, Scene 3  
1.48
Recitative. "Then Shall Be Brought" (feat. James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
0:19
1.49
Duet. "O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?" (feat. Robert Tear, James Bowman)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Robert Tear; James Bowman; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
1:04
1.50
Chorus. "But Thanks Be to God" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
2:21
1.51
Chorus. "If God Be for Us" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
5:07
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 3, Scene 4  
1.52
Chorus. "Worthy Is the Lamb" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:34
1.53
Chorus. "Amen" (feat. Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
George Frideric Handel; David Willcocks; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
3:45
Total Playing Time    2:31:34
Sir David Willcocks conducts the Choir of King's College, Cambridge alongside English chamber orchestra The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in this rousing legacy performance of one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral work in Western music: Handel's Messiah.

Handel's reputation in England, where he had lived since 1712, had been established through his compositions of Italian opera. He turned to English oratorio in the 1730s in response to changes in public taste; Messiah was his sixth work in this genre. Although its structure resembles that of opera, it is not in dramatic form; there are no impersonations of characters and no direct speech. Instead, Jennens's text is an extended reflection on Jesus as the Messiah called Christ.

Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the individual numbers. In the years after his death, the work was adapted for performance on a much larger scale, with giant orchestras and choirs. In other efforts to update it, its orchestration was revised and amplified by (among others) Mozart (Der Messias).
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