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Composer  Handel, Georg Friedrich      (1685 - 1759)
Work(s) Messiah, oratorio
Description

(PART 1)
1. Sinfonia
2. Recitative: Comfort ye, comfort ye my people
3. Aria: Every valley shall be exalted
4. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
5. Recitative: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
6. Aria: But who may abide the day of his coming?
7. Chorus: And he shall purify the sons of Levi
8. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive
9. Aria and Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
10. Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
11. Aria: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light
12. Chorus: For unto us a child is born
13. Pastoral Symphony (Pifa)
14. Recitative: There were shepherds, abiding in the field
15. Recitative: And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
16. Recitative: And the angel said unto them
17. Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel
18. Chorus: Glory to God in the Highest
19. Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
20. Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
21. Duet: He shall feed his flock
22. Chorus: His yoke is easy and his burden is light

(PART 2)
23. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God
24. Aria: He was despised and rejected of men
25. Chorus: Surely he hath borne our griefs
26. Chorus: And with his stripes we are healed
27. Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray
28. Recitative: All they that see him laugh him
29. Chorus: He trusted in God
30. Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart
31. Aria: Behold and see if there be any sorrow
32. Recitative: He was cut off out of the land
33. Aria: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
34. Chorus: Lift up your heads, O ye gates
35. Recitative: Unto which of the angels said he at any time?
36. Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship him
37. Aria: Thou art gone up on high
38. Chorus: The Lord gave the word
39. Aria: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach
40. Chorus: Their sound is gone out into all lands
41. Aria: Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
42. Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder
43. Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven
44. Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
45. Chorus: Hallelujah!

(PART 3)
46. Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth
47. Chorus: Since by man came death
48. Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery
49. Aria: The trumpet shall sound
50. Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass
51. Duet: O death, where is thy sting?
52. Chorus: But thanks be to God who giveth us the victory
53. Aria: If God be for us, who can be against us?
54. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
55. Chorus: Amen


                 Disc(s) with this work(s)
No. Performance Information Label/No. Format
1 John Alldis/ London Philharmonic Orchestra
(Felicity Lott, Alfreda Hodgson, Phillip Langridge, Ulrik Cold, London Philharmonic Choir)
Sparrow 51560 2CD
2 Sir Thomas Beecham/ BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
(Dora Labbette, Hubert Eisdell, Muriel Brunskill, Harold Williams)
Pearl/9456 2CD
3 Sir Thomas Beecham/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
(Jennifer Vyvyan, Jon Vickers, Monica Sinclair, Giorgio Tozzi)
RCA/61266 3CD
4 Leonard Bernstein/ New York Philharmonic
(Adele Addison, Russell Oberlin, David Lloyd, William Warfield, New York Philharmonic)
Sony 60205 2CD
5 Richard Bonynge/ English Chamber Orchestra
(Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Werner Krenn, Tom Krause, Dermot Coleman, Ambrosian Singers)
London/433740 2CD
6 John Butt/ Dunedin Consort & Players
(Susan Hamilton, Annie Gill, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook)
Linn Records CKD285 2SACD
7 William Christie/ Les Arts Florissants
(Barbara Schlick, Sandrine Piau, Andreas Scholl, Mark Padmore, Nathan Berg)
Harmonia Mundi/5901498 2CD
8 Harry Christophers/ Handel and Haydn Society
(Gillian Keith, Daniel Taylor, Tom Randle, Sumner Thompson)
Coro COR16125 2CD
9 Harry Christophers/ The Sixteen
(Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves)
Coro COR16062 3CD
10 Harry Christophers/ The Sixteen
(Lynne Dawson, Catherine Denley, David James, Maldwyn Davies, Michael George)
Hyperion/22019 2CD
11 Andrew Davis/ Toronto Symphony Orchestra
(Erin Wall, Elizabeth DeShong, Andrew Staples, John Relyea, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir)
Chandos CHAN5176 2SACD
12 Andrew Davis/ Toronto Symphony Orchestra
(Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler, Samuel Ramey, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir)
EMI 2176452 2CD
13 Colin Davis/ London Symphony Orchestra
(Susan Gritton, Sara Mingardo, Mark Padmore, Alastair Miles, Tenebrae Choir)
LSO Live LSO0607 2SACD
14 Colin Davis/ London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
(Heather Harper, Helen Watts, John Wakefield, John Shirley-Quirk)
Philips/4647032 2CD
15 Peter Dijkstra/ B'Rock Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent
(Julia Doyle, Lawrence Zazzo, Steve Davislim, Neal Davies, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
BR Klassik 900510 2CD
16 John Eliot Gardiner/ English Baroque Soloists
Margaret Marshall, Catherine Robbin, Rolfe-Johnson
Philips/411041 3CD
17 Roy Goodman/ The Brandenburg Consort
(Lynne Dawson, Hilary Summers, John Mark Ainsley, Alastair Miles, Choir of Kings’s College Cambridge)
Argo/440672 2CD
18 Emmanuelle Haïm/ Le Concert d’Astrée
(Lucy Crowe, Andrew Staples, Tim Mead, Christopher Purves)
Erato 2564624055 2CD
19 Nikolaus Harnoncourt/ Concentus Musicus Wien
(Elizabeth Gale, Marjana Lipovsek, Werner Hollweg, Roderick Kennedy, Stockholm Kammerkören)
Warner 9029597511 9CD
20 Nikolaus Harnoncourt/ Concentus Musicus Wien
(Elizabeth Gale, Marjana Lipovsek, Werner Hollweg, Roderick Kennedy, Stockholm Kammerkören)
Teldec 9031-77615-2 2CD
21 Nikolaus Harnoncourt/ Concentus Musicus Wien
(Christine Schäfer, Anna Larsson, Michael Schade, Gerald Finley, Arnold Schoenberg Chor)
DHM 88697606532 9CD
22 Nikolaus Harnoncourt/ Concentus Musicus Wien
(Christine Schäfer, Anna Larsson, Michael Schade, Gerald Finley, Arnold Schoenberg Chor)
DHM/72039 2SACD
23 Richard Hickox/ Collegium Musicum 90
(Della Jones, Philip Langridge, Joan Rodgers, Bryn Terfel)
Chandos/0522 2CD
24 Edward Higginbottom/ Academy of Ancient Music
(Robert Brooks, Iestyn Davies, Eamonn Dougan, Henry Jenkinson, Otta Jones, Toby Spence, Choir of New College Oxford)
Naxos 8.570131 2CD
25 Christopher Hogwood/ Academy of Ancient Music
(Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliott, David Thomas, Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford)
Decca/4756731 8CD
26 Christopher Hogwood/ Academy of Ancient Music
(Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliott, David Thomas, Westminster Abbey Choir)
Kultur D2269 DVD
27 Christopher Hogwood/ Academy of Ancient Music
(Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliott, David Thomas, Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford)
L’Oiseau-Lyre 4788160 2CD+Blu
28 René Jacobs/ Freiburger Barockorchester
(Kerstin Avemo, Patricia Bardon, Lawrence Zazzo, Kobie van Rensburg, Neal Davies, Choir of Clare College)
Harmonia Mundi/2908280 4CD
29 René Jacobs/ Freiburger Barockorchester
(Kerstin Avemo, Patricia Bardon, Lawrence Zazzo, Kobie van Rensburg, Neal Davies, Choir of Clare College)
Harmonia Mundi/901928 2CD
30 René Jacobs/ Freiburger Barockorchester
(Kerstin Avemo, Patricia Bardon, Lawrence Zazzo, Kobie van Rensburg, Neal Davies, Choir of Clare College)
Harmonia Mundi/2921928 2CD
31 Otto Klemperer/ Philharmonia Orchestra
(Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Grace Hoffman, Nicolai Gedda, Jerome Hines, Philharmonia Chorus)
Warner Classics 9935402 8CD
32 Helmut Koch/ Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
(Regina Werner, Heidi Rieß, Peter Schreier, Theo Adam, Rundfunkchor Berlin)
Berlin Classics 2124 2CD
33 Ton Koopman/ Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
(Marjanne Kweksilber, James Bowman, Paul Elliott, Gregory Reinhart, The Sixteen)
Erato 2564692826 2CD
34 Stephen Layton/ Britten Sinfonia, Polyphony
(Julia Doyle, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Andrew Foster-Williams)
Hyperion CDA67800 2CD
35 Sir Charles Mackerras/ English Chamber Orchestra
(Elizabeth Harwood, Janet Baker, Paul Esswood, Robert Tear, Raimund Herincx, Ambrosian Singers)
EMI/69449 2CD
36 Sir Neville Marriner/ Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
(Elly Ameling, Anna Reynolds, Philip Langridge, Gwynne Howell)
Decca/444824 2CD
37 Sir Neville Marriner/ Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
(Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Jerry Hadley, Robert Lloyd)
Philips/4700442 2CD
38 Paul McCreesh/ Gabrieli Consort and Players
(Susan Gritton, Dorothea Röschmann: sopranos, Bernarda Fink: contralto, Charles Daniels: tenor, Neal Davies: bass)
Archiv/453464 2CD
39 Paul McCreesh/ Gabrieli Consort and Players
(Susan Gritton, Dorothea Röschmann: sopranos, Bernarda Fink: contralto, Charles Daniels: tenor, Neal Davies: bass)
Archiv/477066 2SACD
40 Nicholas Mcgegan/ Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
(Lorraine Hunt, Janet Williams, Patricia Spence, Drew Minter, Jeffrey Thomas, William Parker, U.C. Berkeley Chamber Chorus)
Harmonia Mundi/907050-52 3CD
41 Marc Minkowski/ Les Musiciens du Louvre
(Lynne Dawson, Magdalena Kožená, John M. Ainsley, Nicole Heaston, Chorus of Les Musiciens du Louvre)
Archiv/471341 2CD
42 Hervé Niquet/ Le Concert Spirituel
(Sandrine Piau, Katherine Watson, Anthea Pichanick, Rupert Charlesworth, Andreas Wolf)
Alpha ALPHA362 2CD
43 Andrew Parrott/ Taverner Choir & Players
(Emma Kirkby, Emily van Evera, Margaret Cable, James Bowman, Joseph Cornwell, David Thomas)
Virgin Classics/5623902 4CD
44 Andrew Parrott/ Taverner Choir & Players
(Emma Kirkby, Emily van Evera, Margaret Cable, James Bowman, Joseph Cornwell, David Thomas)
Virgin Veritas/5 62004 2CD
45 Trevor Pinnock/ English Concert and Choir
(Arleen Augér, Anne Sofie von Otter, Howard Crook, Michael Chance, John Tomlinson)
Archiv/4775904 2CD
46 Karl Richter/ London Philharmonic Orchestra
(Helen Donath, Anna Reynolds, Brian Burrows, Donald McIntyre, John Alldis Choir)
DGG/453028 2CD
47 Karl Richter/ Münchener Bach-Chor und Orchester
(Gundula Janowitz, Margan Hoeffgen, Ernst Haefliger, Franz Crass)
Deutsche Grammophon/4139672 3CD
48 Helmuth Rilling/ Bach Collegium Stuttgart
(Donna Brown, Cornelia Kallisch, Roberto Saccà, Alastair Miles, Gächinger Kantorei)
Arthaus Musik 101175 DVD
49 John Rutter/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Joanne Lunn, Melanie Marshall, James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves, Cambridge Singers)
Collegeum COLCD132 2CD
50 Malcolm Sargent/ Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
(Isobel Baillie, James Johnston, Gladys Ripley, Norman Walker, Huddersfield Choral Society)
Dutton/5010 2CD
51 Malcolm Sargent/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
(Elsie Morison, Marjorie Thomas, Richard Lewis, James Milligan, Huddersfield Choral Society)
EMI/5757762 2CD
52 Malcolm Sargent/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Elizabeth Harwood, Norma Procter, Alexander Young, John Shirley-Quirk, Royal Choral Society)
Chesky CD106 2CD
53 Hermann Scherchen/ Vienna State Opera Orchestra
(Pierrette Alarie, Nan Merriman, Léopold Simoneau, Richard Standen)
Westminster/471232 3CD
54 Robert Shaw/ Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra
(Judith Raskin: soprano, Florence Kopleff: alto, Richard Lewis: tenor, Thomas Paul: bass)
RCA/82876623172 2CD
55 Sir Georg Solti/ Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
(Kiri Te Kanawa: soprano, Anne Gjevang: alto, Keith Lewis: tenor, Gwynne Howell: bass)
Decca/414396 2CD
56 Johannes Somary/ English Chamber Orchestra, Amor Artis Chorale
(Margaret Price, Yvonne Minton, Alexander Young, Justino Diaz)
Regis/2024 2CD
57 Sir David Willcocks/ Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
(James Bowman, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Choir of King's College Cambridge)
EMI/7637842 2CD
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