Handel: Messiah

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Handel: Messiah

Label:

Tafelmusik

Catalogue No:

TMK1016CD2

Discs:

2

Release date:

1st Oct 2012

Barcode:

0880513101629

Length:

2 hours 21 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Handel: Messiah


Karina Gauvin (soprano), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Rufus Müller (tenor) & Brett Polegato (baritone)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir, Ivars Taurins

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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir present an intimate and stirring performance of the baroque masterpiece Handel’s Messiah. This 2-CD recording of the full score on period instruments features a stellar cast of soloists. Tafelmusik presents this baroque masterpiece with the spirit and vitality of Handel’s own 18th-century productions. “Superhuman”, “spot-on”, “crisp” and “inspired” are just a few of the words critics have used to describe Tafelmusik’s Messiah. A perennial favourite with audiences and critics alike, Tafelmusik’s Messiah has garnered glowing reviews year after year. “I cannot remember a Messiah presentation as uniformly ‘spot-on’ as this year’s by Ivars Taurins’ Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra.” (The Globe and Mail).

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Part I: Sinfonia

Part I: Accompanied: Comfort ye, my people (Tenor)

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

Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)

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

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

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

Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto) - Air: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto, Chorus)

Part I: Accompanied: 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) - Accompanied Recitative: There were shepherds (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 opened (Soprano) - Duet: He shall feed His flock like a shephered (Alto, Soprano)

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

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: Accompanied: All they that see Him Laugh Him to scorn (Tenor)

Part II: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Chorus)

Part II: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor)

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

Part II: Accompanied: He was cut off out of the land of the living (Soprano)

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

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

Part II: Recitative: Unto which of the Angels (Tenor) - Let all the angels (Chorus)

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

Part II: The Lord gave the word (Chorus)

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

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

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) - Air: Thour shalt break them (Tenor)

Part II: Hallelujah (Chorus)

Part III: Air: I know that my redeemer liveth (Soprano)

Part III: Since by man came death (Chorus)

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

Part III: But thanks be to God (Chorus)

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

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

Part III: Amen (Chorus)

Gramophone Magazine

February 2013

“Time and again I was impressed by exquistely shaded string-playing...Blaze sings with authority and agility when 'the refiner's fire' heats things up...Hushed strings and Brett Polegato's unaffected baritone are eloquently evocative of stillness in 'For behold'...even if the choruses do not quite offer a consistently memorable impact, this is one of the best-played recordings of Messiah.”

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