Handel: Messiah

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Handel: Messiah

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 29.11.2014

Julia Doyle (soprano), Lawrence Zazzo (counter-tenor), Steve Davislim (tenor) & Neal Davies (bass baritone)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks B’Rock, Belgisches Barockorchester Gent, Peter Dijkstra

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As a steady favourite with audiences, Handel's most famous oratorio "Messiah" has met regularly with rapturous receptions ever since its premiere back in 1742! This three-part masterpiece portrays the life of the "anointed one" (the literal meaning of the Hebrew word 'Messiah'), from the Annunciation and his birth to his death on the cross and revelation, and contains a considerable number of baroque super-hits - including the world-famous 'Hallelujah Chorus.'

What makes the present complete recording into something really special is, above all, the successful interpretation with its excellent line-up of performers: Julia Doyle, Lawrence Zazzo, Steve Davislim and Neal Davies, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (recently called "a new center for historically informed performance practice") under the overall direction of Peter Dijkstra, accompanied by B'Rock, the Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent.

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1

Part I: Symphony: Grave

Part I: Accompagnato: Comfort ye my people (Tenor)

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

Part I: And the glory of the Lord (Chorus)

Part I: Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord (Bass)

Part I: Aria: But who may abide the day of his coming (Alto)

Part I: And he shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus)

Part I: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)

Part I: Aria: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto, Chorus)

Part I: Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)

Part I: Aria: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (Bass)

Part I: For unto us a child is born (Chorus)

Part I: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony): Larghetto

Part I: Recitative: There were shepards abiding in the field (Soprano)

Part I: Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (Soprano)

Part I: Recitative: And the angel said unto them (Soprano)

Part I: Accompagnato: And suddenly there was with the angel (Soprano)

Part I: Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)

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

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

Part I: Aria: He shall feed his flock (Soprano, Alto)

Part I: His yoke is easy (Chorus)

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2

Part II: Behold, The Lamb of God (Chorus)

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

Part II: Surely, he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Chorus)

Part II: And with his stripes we are healed (Chorus)

Part II: All we like sheep (Chorus)

Part II: Accompagnato: All they that see him (Tenor)

Part II: He trusted in God (Chorus)

Part II: Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart (Tenor)

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

Part II: Accompagnato: He was cut off (Tenor)

Part II: Aria: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell (Tenor)

Part II: Lift up your heads (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Unto which of the angels said he at any time (Tenor)

Part II: Let all the angels of God worship him (Chorus)

Part II: Aria: Thou art gone up on high (Alto)

Part II: The Lord gave the word (Chorus)

Part II: Aria: How beautiful are the feet (Soprano)

Part II: Their sound is gone out into all lands (Chorus)

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

Part II: Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven (Tenor)

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

Part II: Hallelujah (Chorus)

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 3

Part III: Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)

Part III: Since by man came death (Chorus)

Part III: Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)

Part III: Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass)

Part III: Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass (Alto)

Part III: Duet: O death, where is thy sting (Alto, Tenor)

Part III: But thanks be to God (Chorus)

Part III: Aria: If God be for us (Soprano)

Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)

Part III: Amen (Chorus)

BBC Music Magazine

January 2016


“a performance that is never less than stylish and, perhaps most importantly, heartfelt...[Davies and Zazzo] opt for visceral theatricality in their delivery of text, Zazzo tiring somewhat in the process. Soprano Julia Doyle sings with sweetness and candour, decorating 'I know that my Redeemer liveth' vivaciously.”

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