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This page lists all recordings of Messiah by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).

Messiah, based on a biblical libretto by Charles Jennens, was written in the summer of 1741 and first performed in Dublin on 13th April 1742. It was originally intended to be performed during lent but it has become more common since Handel's death for Messiah to be performed in Advent.

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Handel: Messiah

Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet

Niquet makes good on his assertion that he has ‘taken [his] cue from the drama inherent in this account of the life of Christ’ from the off, with a springy, taut Overture that fairly bristles... More…

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2 CDs

$25.00

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Handel: Messiah

Erin Wall (soprano), Elizabeth DeShong (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), John Relyea (bass-baritone)

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Astonishingly well controlled…the solo voices are rich and weighty…[the] flute provides a charming obbligato to ‘How beautiful are the feet’, while the tenor’s ‘Thy rebuke…’ is intensely moving…a... More…

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2 SACDs

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Handel: Messiah

Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Three of the four outstanding soloists - fine Handelians all - cut their teeth in the choir, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers has been a regular soloist. Crucially they don't stand apart, regally dispensing... More…

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3 CDs

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Handel: Messiah

Judith Nelson (soprano I), Emma Kirkby (soprano II), Carolyn Watkinson (contralto), Paul Elliott (tenor), David Thomas (bass)

Academy of Ancient Music, Westminster Cathedral Choir, Christopher Hogwood

…the lovely sound and supreme musicality of this performance… The authoritative David Thomas relishes every moment; Carolyn Watkinson brings tender dignity to 'He was despised'; Emma Kirkby... More…

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Handel: Messiah

Susan Hamilton (soprano), Annie Gill (mezzo), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Edward Caswell (bass)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

The Dunedin Consort's recording of Handel's Messiah strips the work back to how it was performed at its first outing in Dublin. Even less ornate than other 'authentic' performances, it is innately... More…

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2 SACDs

$23.25

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Remastered 2014

Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliott & David Thomas

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford & The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood

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2 CDs + Blu-ray Audio

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Handel: Messiah

Lucy Crowe (soprano), Tim Mead (counter-tenor), Andrew Staples (tenor), Christopher Purves (baritone)

Le Concert d’Astrée Orchestre et Chœur, Emmanuelle Haïm

Haïm herself proves broadly sensitive to tempo...and balance has been excellently managed in what is a resonant acoustic. Le Concert d’Astrée's chorus numbers 20...they also keep light on their... More…

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2 CDs

$15.75

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English Choral Classics

Malcolm Sargent & Vernon Handley

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Barbara Schlick, Sandrine Piau, Andreas Scholl, Mark Padmore, Nathan Berg

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Christie negotiates both wide-eyed wonderment of the Nativity and the pathos of Part II with aplomb in a performance underpinned by luxury casting and instrumental finesse. More…

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Handel: Messiah

Arleen Auger, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Howard Crook & John Tomlinson

The English Concert Choir & The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

One of the freshest and most exciting Messiahs on CD reconciling 'authentic' practice with the work's undoubted scope for grandeur. Superb soloists. More…

2 CDs

$14.00

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