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Handel: The Messiah Original recording reissued


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Editorial Reviews

Mozart was an early champion of Handel's epic oratorio; it's since become one of Handel's most treasured works and a Christmas perennial. Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, this is its top-selling recording: For unto Us a Child Is Born; Hallelujah!; The Trumpet Shall Sound; Glory to God two hours on 2 CDs!

Disc: 1
1. The Messiah: (1) Overture - The London Philharmonic Orchestra
2. The Messiah: (2) Comfort My People - Philip Langridge
3. The Messiah: (3) Every Valley Shall Be Exalted - Philip Langridge
4. The Messiah: (4) And The Glory Of The Lord - The London Philharmonic Choir
5. The Messiah: (5) Thus Saith The Lord - Ulrik Cold
6. The Messiah: (6) But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming? - Ulrik Cold
7. The Messiah: (7) And He Shall Purify - The London Philharmonic Choir
8. The Messiah: (8) Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive - Alfreda Hodgson
9. The Messiah: (9) O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion - Alfredo Hodgson
10. The Messiah: (10) For, Behold, A Darkness Shall Cover The Earth - Ulrik Cold
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Disc: 2
1. The Messiah: (24) Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs - The London Philharmonic Choir
2. The Messiah: (25) And With His Stripes We Are Healed - The London Philharmonic Choir
3. The Messiah: (26) All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray - The London Philharmonic Choir
4. The Messiah: (27) All They That See Him, Laugh Him To Scorn - Philip Langridge
5. The Messiah: (28) He Trusted In God That He Would Deliver Him - The London Philharmonic Choir
6. The Messiah: (29) They Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart - Philip Langridge
7. The Messiah: (30) Behold, And See If There Be Any Sorrow - Philip Langridge
8. The Messiah: (31) He Was Cut Off Out Of The Land Of The Living - Philip Langridge
9. The Messiah: (32) But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell - Philip Langridge
10. The Messiah: (33) Lift Up Your heads, O Ye Gates - The London Philharmonic Choir
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Performer: London Philharmonic Choir
  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Alldis
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sparrow
  • ASIN: B000062T9E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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289 of 292 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Robbins on October 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
George Frederick Handel's Messiah is certainly one of the World's most beautiful musical compositions, and this recording is one of the best performances of this work. Conducted by John Aldis, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir are absolutely heavenly. Equally wonderful are the soloists: Felicity Lott, Alfreda Hodgson, Phillip Langridge and Ulrik Cold.
While not performed on period instruments or exactly in the manner which Handel had in mind when he composed The Messiah, (for a more faithful performance I recommend Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music(UK) with soloists Paul Elliot, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson and Judy Nelson) this traditional rendition certainly does the work justice. Each chorus is glorious, with a huge yet perfectly tuned sound, and the soloists soar.
This CD is a beautiful listening experience, and while I recommend having the more faithful period recording mentioned earlier as well, do not deny yourself the opportunity to experience this larger, more glorifying performance.
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134 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Heather B. on March 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As noted above, this two CD recording is pretty much the "complete" Messiah (numbers 34-37 are the only omission). Recorded by the London Philharmonic orchestra and choir, this is a very solid version of Handel's extraordinary work.
The Philharmonic does not attempt a period performance; instead, they present a modern interpretation with a traditional flavor. The orchestra is marvelous and the choir is completely on, even in the difficult runs of "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" and "All We Like Sheep." My only complaint is about the latter song: the choir sings so quickly, it feels like they are rushing to get to the end.
I would recommend this recording for anyone interested in owning the entire Messiah. It's faithful and complete. I love my copy!
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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Martin W. Eldred on December 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If I were to recommend just one recording of The Messiah, this would be the one. I have owned and enjoyed this particular recording for many years, first as a four LP set(circa 1980)and now in this CD reissue. You can spend a great deal of money on a recording of The Messiah, but in my opinion, you will rarely get a better performance than this one.
Devotees of The Messiah generally fall into two basic categories: those who prefer a more "modern" approach (bigger chorus and orchestra with modern instruments) and those who prefer a "period" recording more similar to Handel's original (smaller ensembles and period instruments). I actually appreciate both for different reasons. This particular recording, however, is one of the very best of the more modern type, the type most people are used to hearing.
That being said, this is a great, affordable "mainstream" recording of The Messiah that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a dependable, accessible and pleasant recording of this classic. The soloists are first-rate, as are the chorus and orchestra, and conductor Allis gives a steady hand that gives a Messiah that is neither too broad and romantic (as many recordings do) nor too tight and quirky that most listeners would find strange (as many "authentic" recordings can be at times). It is a joy to listen to and will remain so for years and years.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By LauraGrace on October 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This recording of Handel's Messiah showcases Felicity Lott, whose voice has an wonderfully warm and rich quality (unusual for a soprano) -- particularly on "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," a song with which I am tolerably familiar as a soprano soloist. In fact, the entire recording's tone resonates with warmth. The only fault lies in the fact that #34-37 are omitted, including one of my favorite pieces, "And He Shall Purify;" hence four stars instead of five. But leaving aside that omission, the orchestral performance is outstanding, the chorus is very good, and the soloists, especially Ms. Lott, are delightful.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E-Mat on March 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I own the original CD release of this version conducted by Alldis;

I've been enjoying it ever since I got it.

I used to be disappointed that it was missing some of Handel's material; so I got the Sir Colin Davis version, which is exhaustive and supposed to be really good... It's pretty good, but this Alldis version is definitely more enjoyable. And now I think I can see why that other material gets left out; it looks like good libretto, but in general those parts are the least enjoyable musically and the most redundant for theme progression.

In the Alldis version, my favorite choruses like "And He Shall Purify" are clear and powerful. The solos are more approachable. All the singing is convincing, as though the singers are wholly embracing both their words and their musical approach. I sense them owning everything they are doing. And I love the use of organ as accents. I can imagine Handel conducting from a keyboard in heaven.

I admit I probably haven't listened to more than half a dozen versions, but until someone introduces me to a better one, this is by far the most enjoyable classical version to a contemporary listener, but I think even Handel would be appreciative. So buy it, listen to it, and enjoy it forever, forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever, forever, forever and ever, forever and ever. Amen, amen, amen...
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As with all complete Messiah recordings this one does indeed include the final "Amen".
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