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Handel: Messiah (2010)

Richard Croft , Bejun Mehta , Claus Guth , Hannes Rossacher  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Croft, Bejun Mehta, Florian Boesch, Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi
  • Directors: Claus Guth, Hannes Rossacher
  • Writers: George Frideric Handel
  • Producers: Theater an der Wien
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UIGZM6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

To mark the 250th anniversary of Handel's death, Vienna's Theater an der Wien realized a truly extraordinary project: the staging of Messiah, the composer's most popular oratorio. Collaborating with an exquisite cast of singers, Claus Guth, one of today's highly renowned stage directors, delivered 'an emotionally and psychologically charged sequence of images. . . The audience was thrilled' (Suddeutsche Zeitung).

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding June 21, 2013
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This is an amazing performance if you can look past the unconventional presentation. I was mesmerized by the story and characters, but won't pretend to have it figured out after one viewing. Both soloists and chorus are stunning on their own terms, and even more outstanding when you consider all the action and emotion of the story they were telling. Recording quality also excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars `We shall be changed' December 23, 2011
Messiah is a transformative work of art and this stage version is a match in a way. At first, it appears aggressively over-staged--even the usual four voices are transposed into eight key characters: five singers, two dancers, and a boy soprano. The direction seems contrived, banal, abrasively literal. But give it another chance: let it stay with you and you may well find yourself changed. Claus Guth insists on bringing this revered and deceptively familiar work to the everyday of your present time. He brings in all the trappings of bourgeois melodrama and he rubs it under your nose. Some will find it arrogant: Guth trying to improve on Handel. I thought so too early on, having expected something more abstract and lightly touched. But I found myself transformed. This Messiah is decidedly not above daily life; it is brought to life through the human failings and vulnerabilities of its characters. It takes courage to do Messiah so counter-intuitively, but it works. No, Guth does not want to improve on Handel; he wants us to listen to Handel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The production is grey visually but golden musically. I can overlook and forgive the humanist staging because the drama makes the singers dramatise vocally. After hearing this superb rendition of Messiah it makes other concert versions on DVD rather tame and dull in comparison.

Any contemporary attempt at staging an oratorio could result all too easily in religious kitsch, rather like a school nativity play but with adults looking all pious (I say that as a Christian). So I can understand the emphasis was on humanity. Unfortunately the production, like so many attempts to render classic works contemporary, is neither particularly original or interesting. However, the soloists sweeze out the drama in these sacred texts and it is electrifying.

Don't hestitate to purchase this it is one of the most excellent renditions of Messiah I have ever heard. I love Pinnock's 88 recording and Davis 66 recording but for shear dramatic declamation this DVD is a real winner. It makes most other Messiah recordings from the last three decades sound like a 'run through' in comparison!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull performance, a must have December 1, 2010
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This wonderfull stage performance of the Messiah was posted on Youtube, and many many viewers where thrilled and overwhelmed by the quality of the singing and the production. It is a truly high standard and very special DVD and I am happy it is released. On You tube people kept asking if- and where a DVD recording of this performance, that marked the 250th anniversary of Handels death, was released, and finally is!
Bye this DVD.
Bejun Metha sings the Air "he was despised" like you have never heard before and that is only one of the many magical moments you will enjoy on this first class Austrian production.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars with plesure May 30, 2013
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Great music,great quality,fast deliverance,acceptable price,everything perfect.I recomande to purchase with Amazone because u can trust
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