Handel: Messiah


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Handel: Messiah



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1st Aug 1997




2 hours 25 minutes


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Handel: Messiah

Midori Suzuki (soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (alto), John Elwes (tenor/narrator), David Thomas (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Majora Canamus: And without controversy (Narrator)


Accompanied Recitative: Comfort ye my people (Tenor)

Aria: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (Tenor)

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)

Accompanied Recitative: Thus saith the Lord (Bass)

Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)

And He shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus)

Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)

Aria and Chorus: O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto)

Accompanied Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)

Aria: The people that walked in darkness (Bass)

For unto us a child is born (Chorus)


Recitative: There were shepherds abiding (Soprano)

Accompanied Recitative: And lo, the angel of the Lord (Soprano)

Recitative: And the angel said unto them (Soprano)

Accompanied Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel (Soprano)

Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)

Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)

Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (Alto)

Duet: He shall feed His flock (Alto, Soprano)

His yoke is easy, His burthen is light (Chorus)

Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)

Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Alto)

Surely, He hath borne our griefs (Chorus)

And with His stripes we are healed (Chorus)

All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)

Accompanied Recitative: All they that see Him laugh (Tenor)

He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Chorus)

Accompanied Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor)

Arioso: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (Tenor)

Accompanied Recitative: He was cut off out of the land (Soprano)

Aria: But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell (Soprano)

Lift up your heads, O ye gates (Chorus)

Recitative: Unto which of the angels said He (Tenor)

Let all the angels of God worship him (Chorus)

Aria: Thou art gone up on high (Alto)

The Lord gave the word (Chorus)

Aria: How beautiful are the feet of Him (Soprano)

Their sound is gone out (Chorus)

Aria: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Bass)

Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus)

Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven (Tenor)

Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor)

Hallelujah! (Chorus)

Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)

Since by man came death (Chorus)

Accompanied Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)

Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass)

Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass (Alto)

Duet: O Death, where is thy sting (Alto, Soprano)

But thanks be to God (Chorus)

Aria: If God be for ever (Alto)

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)

Penguin Guide



“With his excellent Japanese singers and players, Masaaki Suzuki here excels himself. His crisp, sharp manner goes with transparent textures and sprung rhythms, and though modest forces are used the result has natural dynamic weight. The consistent alertness of his chorus is a delight”

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