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Handel: Messiah [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

George Frideric Handel , Eugene Ormandy , The Philadelphia Orchestra , Eileen Farrell , Martha Lipton , Davis Cunningham , William Warfield , The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Audio CD
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listen  1. Messiah: Messiah/Overture (Instrumental)Eugene Ormandy;The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: Comfort ye, my people (Voice)Eugene Ormandy;The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Messiah: Messiah/Air: Every valley shall be exalted (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: And the glory of the Lord (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: Thus saith the Lord (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Messiah: Messiah/Air: But who may abide (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: And He shall purify (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Messiah: Messiah/Air: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 7:02$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen10. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: For unto us a Child is born (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Messiah: Messiah/Pastoral Symphony (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: There were shepherds (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: And the angel said unto them (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: Glory to God (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Messiah: Messiah/Air: He shall feed His flock (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 7:04$1.98  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: His yoke is easy (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Messiah: Messiah/Air: He was despised (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: Surely He hath borne our griefs (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: And with His stripes we are healed (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;Eugene Ormandy;The Philadelphia Orchestra 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;Eugene Ormandy;The Philadelphia Orchestra 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: Lift up your heads (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Messiah: Messiah/Air: Why do the nations? (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;Eugene Ormandy;The Philadelphia Orchestra 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: He that dwelleth in Heaven (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;Eugene Ormandy;The Philadelphia Orchestra0:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Messiah: Messiah/Air: Thou shalt break them (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;Eugene Ormandy;The Philadelphia Orchestra 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: Hallelujah! (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Messiah: Messiah/Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 7:07$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen13. Messiah: Messiah/Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Messiah: Messiah/Air: The trumpet shall sound (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Messiah: Messiah/Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb (Voice)The Mormon Tabernacle Choir;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Eileen Farrell, Martha Lipton, Davis Cunningham, William Warfield, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (July 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000024OE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ormandy Messiah--Without Equal! November 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I grew up hearing this rendition of Handel's Messiah, so I admit I may be biased; however, since my youth I have heard many other recordings and this 1959 Ormandy recording remains my favorite by far!
Some say that the Ormandy rendition is technically inferior to comparatively modern recordings which place more emphasis on period instruments, historical reproduction, etc. I would counter that the Ormandy recording is about the Messiah instead of being just another performance of Handel's Messiah. The tempos--slower than those of more recent recording--give additional meaning to this sacred work and lead the listener to reflect on the religious significance of the work instead of solely considering the technical aspects of its performance. It is from this perspective that the Ormandy recording is perhaps the most artful of all Messiah recordings, as well as the standard against which many others are compared.
The universal complaint regarding the Ormandy recording is that it is not a complete recording. Several segments (principally airs and recitatives) were omitted because of space limitations. In 1995, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, under the direction of Sir David Willcocks, released a second, complete recording of the Messiah. This recording is no doubt more technically accurate than the Ormandy recording, yet still is not as widely regarded or as well known.
I own both Mormon Tabernacle Choir Messiah recordings, but if I had to choose one, it would definitely be the Ormandy version. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel's Messiah At Its Best December 22, 1999
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I began searching for the best Messiah many years ago. I received my first copy of this version as a gift and over the years I have come to realize the manner of presentation, along with the meticulous attention to detail, can only lead one to believe that Handel himself would feel this to be the best. No flamboyancy. No dramatic interpretation. Simply the best recording of the Messiah.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel it December 13, 2009
By brenda
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it, many people have written about the technicality of this cd. Like many I heard this rendition when it first came out..I loved it. Then I got busy with life and the record got lost or broken and I didn't think much about it. Recently I have hungered for this recording and was pleased to find it available. However, reading some of the reviews I became curious as to whether there was one out there I might like better. After all it had been over thirty years since I heard it. I'v heard others that I liked well enough but they never measured up. Maybe my memory was enhancing the experience of the sound of this particular one. No--the minute heard it I new what the difference is. This recording makes you FEEL what this music is about. Take all the other arguments and put them aside and just listen to this and you will know. You will feel what Handel is saying in this piece. You will feel tears and joy. I felt them when I was young and it is the same experience now as I am older. The others are lovely but this has feeling. It makes a difference.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good "Starter" Messiah November 29, 2000
By Dr. Ray
Format:Audio CD
I suspect many Americans learned the music of Messiah when this was first released something like 40 years ago. Yes, its missing about half of the music, and yes, it isn't played on period instruments or orchestration and is missing most of even the most standard Baroque ornamentation, but it nevertheless sounds wonderful and in ways more robust than some of the more urtext performances available. And Eileen Farrell simply sings rings around almost all of the more accurate but comparatively bloodless soprano competition. The other soloists are fine, and the chorus and orchestra are energetic.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Messiah -- all others are 3rd-best November 22, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
OK. So it's an analog recording. It's worth getting, though. Most MESSIAHS are dull, dreary things that plod along between the hit tunes. Ormandy is an absolute master of tempo, building the music (and especially the hits) to convey how the stretti should be played. The tempo isn't really stringendo, but follows the meaning behind the words with a cunning brilliance that makes one want to stand during all of the choruses. In short, if you want a DDD CD, buy something inferior. If you want the definitive take on MESSIAH, give this a chance. I should say, by the way, that I don't normally much care for Ormandy's work. In this recording, though, he has redeemed himself
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60 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This may be a beloved recording, but not the best April 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I also grew up with this recording (on LP) and I also loved it, until I realized what was missing. I had taken it for granted because of the misleading liner notes that it was customary to omit certain numbers. I soon found out otherwise, though, and I discovered that the numbers omitted here are every bit as inspired as the rest of the oratorio.

The other great fault that I find with this recording is that it uses the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as bland a chorus as ever became famous. (The soloists are excellent, but that can also be said of the ones in several other "Messiah" albums.)

I had no idea of what I was really missing until I discovered the Robert Shaw Chorale's 1966 recording, which I heard for the first time in 1974. It has everything that the Ormandy recording does not; instead of heavy, ponderous conducting and a chorus of two hundred singers, it utilizes lively conducting and a chamber chorus, as well as brilliant soloists. With this recording, and with his 1984 remake on Telarc with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, Shaw established himself as the twentieth century's definitive conductor of "Messiah". Both Shaw versions are now on CD.

Ormandy's recording has much nostalgic meaning for many people, but it cuts as much as forty-five minutes from the two-and-a-half hour score, and can't even begin to compare with Shaw's two magnificent complete recordings. "Messiah" lovers deserve better than a mutilated version of the work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic performance
Combining Leonard Bernstein and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Handel is a winning formula. Add in some outstanding soloists, such as the remarkable Eileen Farrell, and it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Armyworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Easter
Can't say enough about this CD. It is refreshing, motivating and inspiring. An all-time classic that never goes out of style.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars For an Exciting Messiah, Ormandy is Your Man
If you want one of those anemic, so-called Historically Informed Performances, you will not like this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frog
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music!
The quality of the packaging was excellent. The price was really fair. I love the Messiah and enjoy listening to it very often.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cd.
This is so good and I'm so happy that I got this. I got it because of the choir Mormon Tabernacle choir. I feel that this is the best choir. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sueg
5.0 out of 5 stars best sound i have heard !!
i listened to that when i was a small child and loved it. it brings back many memorys. it is worth every penny. that's amazon!!!
Published 4 months ago by david wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I had this ALBUM many years ago and wore it out. I was THRILLED to see that it is available in a CD. I sing with it in my car every day.
Published 4 months ago by susanne betthauser
2.0 out of 5 stars Handel: Messiah
Didn't care for very much ,, it was just "OK". It was missing about a half dozen or more movements of it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Metz
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Messiah Recording
This is my favorite hands down. Beautifully engineered, the soloists, orchestra and chorus are well balanced. William Warfield is especially good.
Published 4 months ago by Holly Kemble
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Inspiring words that are beautifully performed. It is a great time of worship to listen to it at work or home.
Published 5 months ago by Paula
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