Handel: Messiah

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1 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: Grave - Allegro moderato 02:56 96/24 Album only
2 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Comfort ye my people" (Tenor) 02:53 96/24 Album only
3 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Ev'ry valley shall be exalted" (Tenor) 03:04 96/24 Album only
4 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed" (Chorus) 02:31 96/24 Album only
5 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Thus saith the Lord of Hosts" (Bass) 01:25 96/24 Album only
6 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "But who may abide the day of His coming?" (Alto) 04:12 96/24 Album only
7 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And he shall purify" (Chorus) 02:26 96/24 Album only
8 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" (Alto) 00:25 96/24 Album only
9 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" (Alto, Chorus) 04:54 96/24 Album only
10 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "For behold, darkness shall cover the earth" (Bass) 02:17 96/24 Album only
11 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "The people that walked in darkness" (Bass) 03:37 96/24 Album only
12 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "For unto us a child is born" (Chorus) 03:54 96/24 Album only
13 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: Larghetto e mezzo piano 02:34 96/24 Album only
14 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "There were shepherds abiding in the field" (Soprano) 00:10 96/24 Album only
15 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them" (Soprano) 00:16 96/24 Album only
16 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And the angel said unto them" (Soprano) 00:30 96/24 Album only
17 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And suddenly there was with the angel" (Soprano) 00:18 96/24 Album only
18 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Glory to God in the highest" (Chorus) 01:54 96/24 Album only
19 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion" (Soprano) 04:05 96/24 Album only
20 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd" (Alto) 00:24 96/24 Album only
21 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1:"He shall feed His flock like a shepherd" (Alto, Soprano) 05:18 96/24 Album only
22 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "His yoke is easy, His burthen is light" (Chorus) 02:19 96/24 Album only
23 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Behold the Lamb of God" (Chorus) 02:32 96/24 Album only
24 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He was despised" (Alto) 10:09 96/24 Album only
25 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Surely He hath borne our griefs" (Chorus) 01:47 96/24 Album only
26 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "And with His stripes we are healed" (Chorus) 02:05 96/24 Album only
27 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "All we, like sheep, have gone astray" (Chorus) 03:24 96/24 Album only
28 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn" (Tenor) 00:41 96/24 Album only
29 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He trusted in God" (Chorus) 02:21 96/24 Album only
30 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Thy rebuke hath broken His heart" (Tenor) 01:22 96/24 Album only
31 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow" (Tenor) 01:29 96/24 Album only
32 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He was cut off out of the land of the living" (Tenor) 00:16 96/24 Album only
33 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell" (Tenor) 02:09 96/24 Album only
34 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Lift up your heads, O ye gates" (Chorus) 02:57 96/24 Album only
35 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Unto which of the angels said He at any time" (Tenor) 00:15 96/24 Album only
36 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Let all the angels of God worship Him" (Chorus) 01:29 96/24 Album only
37 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Thou art gone up on high" (Alto) 02:52 96/24 Album only
38 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "The Lord gave the word" (Chorus) 01:07 96/24 Album only
39 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "How beautiful are the feet" (Soprano) 02:21 96/24 Album only
40 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Their sound is gone out into all lands" (Chorus) 01:24 96/24 Album only
41 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Why do the nations so furiously rage together" (Bass) 02:43 96/24 Album only
42 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Let us break their bonds asunder" (Chorus) 01:40 96/24 Album only
43 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He that dwelleth in heaven" (Tenor) 00:11 96/24 Album only
44 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron" (Tenor) 01:50 96/24 Album only
45 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Hallelujah!" (Chorus) 03:39 96/24 Album only
46 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "I know that my Redeemer liveth" (Soprano) 06:00 96/24 Album only
47 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Since by man came death" (Chorus) 02:00 96/24 Album only
48 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Behold, I tell you a mystery" (Bass) 00:38 96/24 Album only
49 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "The trumpet shall sound" (Bass) 08:43 96/24 Album only
50 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Then shall be brought to pass the saying" (Alto) 00:15 96/24 Album only
51 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "O death, where is thy sting?" (Alto, Tenor) 00:55 96/24 Album only
52 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "But thanks be to God" (Chorus) 01:59 96/24 Album only
53 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Soprano) 04:40 96/24 Album only
54 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain" - Amen (Chorus) 07:11 96/24 Album only

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Lucy Crowe, soprano
Tim Mead, countertenor
Andrew Staples, tenor
Christopher Purves, bass
Le Concert d'Astrée Choeur et Orchestre, chorus and orchestra
David Bates, chorus master
Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor

Following several acclaimed albums of Handel’s operatic and choral masterpieces (including a triumphant Giulio Cesare with Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra and the oratorio La Resurrezione with British soprano Kate Royal), French harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm at last brings her fresh, expressive approach to Messiah. Joining her on a musically and spiritually uplifting journey for this long-awaited recording is Haïm’s own choir and period-instrument orchestra, Le Concert d’Astrée, with four of the UK’s finest Handelian singers.

Having begun her career as a brilliant harpsichordist and protegee of Baroque pioneers William Christie and Christophe Rousset, Haïm has a long history with Messiah. She is invited regularly to conduct the work in France (this album was recorded during performances at the Opéra de Lille in December 2013) and the United States – as in 2012 with the New York Philharmonic. For this complete recording, Haïm opted for an intimate Baroque sound, without reducing the power and impact of this perennial seasonal favorite. She explains, “I made the choice of four British singers, with a single countertenor rather than two altos – the configuration used in 1752 at Covent Garden.”

Recorded December 4-7, 2013 at Opéra de Lille in France.

Producer: Daniel Zalay
Recording and editing engineers: Michel Pierre, Baptiste Chouquet (assistant) and Gaetan Juge (assistant)