Handel: Messiah

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Handel: Messiah

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14th Oct 2016




2 hours 21 minutes


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Handel: Messiah

Miriam Feuersinger (soprano), Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (alto), Dino Lüthy (tenor), Raitis Grigalis (baritone) & Daniela Dolci (organ, harpsichord & musical direction)

Musica Fiorita

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Handel’s 'Messiah' is already very well-represented on the CD market with dozens of existing recordings and new productions appearing at regular intervals. Yet this is a very special version, carefully crafted, Halle Händel Edition in hand, from a Basel-based selection of fine vocal soloists and instrumentalists who have all graduated from the world-famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Under the fine direction of Daniela Dolci, singers Miriam Feuersinger, Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, Dino Lüthy and Raitis Grigalis join the ensemble Musica Fiorita for a moving studio recording made in October 2015. For obtaining the nuanced sound aesthetics which define this recording, the chosen cast is deliberately small: alongside the soloists, two voices per part were used for the choir, whereas the instrumental ensemble is composed of two violins and one oboe per part as well as a viola, cello, bassoon, violone, two theorbos, two harpsichords and two positive organs for the basso continuo group. The optimal balance is achieved with the use of natural trumpets without finger holes. All in all, a welcome breath of fresh air for one of the best-known compositions of all times.

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

Part I: Symphony

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

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

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

Part I: Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts (Bass)

Part I: Air: But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)

Part I: And He shall purify (Chorus)

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

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

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

Part I: Air: The people that walked in darkness (Bass)

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

Part I: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)

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

Part I: Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord (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: Air: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)

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

Part I: Air: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Soprano)

Part I: His yoke is easy, His burthen is light (Chorus)

Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2

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

Part II: Air: He was despised (Alto)

Part II: Surely, He hath borne our griefs (Chorus)

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

Part II: All we like sheep have gone astray (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 out of the land of the living (Tenor)

Part II: Air: But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell (Tenor)

Part II: Lift up your heads, O ye gates (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Unto which of the Angels (Tenor)

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

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

Part II: The Lord gave the word (Chorus)

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

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

Part II: Air: 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: Air: Thou shalt break them (Tenor)

Part II: Hallelujah (Chorus)

Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 3

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

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

Part III: Duet: O death, where is thy sting - Chorus: But thanks be to God … (Alto, Tenor)

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

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

Part III: Amen (Chorus)

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