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Handel: Messiah (Highlights) / Solti, Chicago Symphony (Penguin Music Classics Series)

George Frederick Handel , Georg Solti , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , Garrison Keillor , Kiri Te Kanawa , Keith Lewis Audio CD
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  • Performer: Garrison Keillor, Kiri Te Kanawa, Keith Lewis
  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: George Frederick Handel
  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000AFQP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Messiah - Highlights: Comfort ye My People
2. Messiah - Highlights: Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
3. Messiah - Highlights: And The Glory Of The Lord
4. Messiah - Highlights: For Unto Us A Child Is Born
5. Messiah - Highlights: And Suddenly There Was With The Angel - Glory To God In The Highest
6. Messiah - Highlights: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion
7. Messiah - Highlights: He Shall Feed His Flock
8. Messiah - Highlights: Behold The Lamb Of God
9. Messiah - Highlights: Lift Up Your Heads
10. Messiah - Highlights: How Beautiful Are The Feet
11. Messiah - Highlights: Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage Together? - Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder
12. Messiah - Highlights: Halleluljah
13. Messiah - Highlights: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
14. Messiah - Highlights: Behold, I Tell You A Mystery - The Trumpet Shall Sound
15. Messiah - Highlights: Worthy Is The Lamb - Amen

Editorial Reviews

This is a fine set of Messiah excerpts, with Solti in his usual extroverted, theatrical vein, using a chorus of nearly 100 and a slimmed-down orchestra of 40 (not only large, but in opposite proportions to Handel's wishes, but why quibble?). The stars of the show are the amazingly trained chorus, who can diminuendo on a dime and whose enunciation of the text is a marvel; and soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, turning in what may be one of her loveliest, warmest performances on disc. The original liner notes by Garrison Keillor put Messiah in the author's always entertaining context--his first, stunning, hearing of the music whose text he and his Plymouth Brethren knew quite well, and his occasional terror of encountering nonprofessional performances which include sing-alongs. No such terror here. --Robert Levine

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and brilliant! March 31, 2000
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Solti really does a very fine job conducting, and this recording captures all the brilliance, power, majesty, and spiritual beauty of this masterpiece more than any of the other ones I've heard.
Te Kanawa's beautiful voice enchants, and the orchestra plays with great rhythm. Last but not least, the sound is perfect, all the details are very clear(digital quality). You will feel as if the chorus and trumpets are right in your living room!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handel With Energy! December 2, 2002
A rare combination of dramatic choral singing, outstanding soloists, super orchestral playing( especially the trumpet), all coordinated by the master of musical drama...Solti. An outstanding collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classical recordings. October 18, 1999
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Bravo Kiri and Sir George Solti for such an examplary performance! The best classical recording, if not one of the best I have purchased. The orchestration is very good, if only Sir George were alive I'd like to congratulate him for his one of his best efforts. Kiri is at her best in this recording, although I never believed in her, she has made me a believer. The choral section is magnificent!
Highly, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! August 21, 2009
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One of the best recordings ever ! The other "Worth is the Lamb" tend to be very very slow and boring.
This has a perfect flow. The sound quality is excellent and powerful, you feel as if you were in the audience !!
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