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Handel: Messiah / Athalia / Esther / La Resurrezione [Box set, Original recording reissued]

George Frideric Handel , Christopher Hogwood , The Academy of Ancient Music , Joan Sutherland , Emma Kirkby , James Bowman , Anthony Rolfe Johnson , Carolyn Watkinson , Judith Nelson , David Thomas Audio CD
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  • Performer: Joan Sutherland, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Carolyn Watkinson, et al.
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, Original recording reissued
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0009A41VK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Led by Christopher Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music has made many renowned recordings of Handel's music-particularly the oratorios. The beloved Messiah heads up this 8-CD set, followed by Esther; La Resurezzione , and, making its return to the international catalog after an absence of several years, the 1985 recording of Athalia -with none other than Joan Sutherland in the title role! Recorded in London, 1979-85.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Masterworks by A Collection of Masters January 27, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Way back in the early 1980s, I fell in love with the recordings of Christopher Hogwood with the Academy of Ancient Music. His period interpretations of the Baroque composers were charming, and the performers that surrounded him brought something fresh and new to Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell and other Baroque and early classical composers. The first Hogwood recording I ever purchased was the Messiah included in this set, and it remains one of the finest interpretations of this work in the catalogue.

The Performances:

Messiah: The one feature of this recording that makes it unmistakably one of the two or three best recordings of Messiah on the current market is the singing of the soloists. Every single solo or duet is executed with flawless perfection. Period. That's right. The two sopranos, Judith Nelson and Emma Kirkby sharing the soprano solos, Carolyn Watkinson delivering a wonderful "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion," Paul Elliot, Tenor, and David Thomas, bass/baritone - all of them make this the set to buy for the solo singing. Not to say the choir shirks their responsibilities at all. The Christ Church Choir, Oxford Cathedral is absolutely perfect. Using boy sopranos, it doesn't have the power that an all adult choir would have, but discussing that would take us into an apples and oranges comparison that really serves no purpose here. If you want a different choir, you have John Eliot Gardener, McCreesh, or Stephen Cleobury with the King's College Choir. While those versions are outstanding from a choral perspective, and some even have moments of outstanding solo performances, nothing...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is Wonderful November 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this, solely for this particular version of the "Messiah". That's the only thing I've listened to so far, and it's worth everything I paid just for that. Someday I will get around to listening to the rest of it. It's nice to have all that music on hand.
It comes in a little cardboard clamshell box, and all of the CD's are cased in a little paper case, stacked inside the clamshell box. All that music stores much more concisely that way. But it is a fairly cheap kind of wrapping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hardly comes close to describing this August 22, 2013
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Introduced to Handel's oratorios some years ago through (what else?) the Messiah I grew curious about this music and purchased Solomon (John Eliot Gardiner) some years back. I could not believe the beauty of the music and was looking for more when I came across this set on Amazon. Although I already had this recording of Messiah I purchased this set since it was the most cost-conscious way of owning the others here and also because I was familiar with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music from other recordings in my library. All are fantastic, but Athalia is a real stand-out. Terrific sound and performances throughout. Others have complained of no libretti but I usually listen to this with the lights out so that's not an issue for me. If I do want to review the libretti or learn more about the pieces I look it up on the Internet. Absolutely beautiful music.
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