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Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Dianne Reeves , Patti Austin , Stevie Wonder , George Duke , Take 6 , Al Jarreau Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Take 6, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000002LUJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture: A Partial History Of Black Music - Various Artists
2. Comfort Ye My People - Vanessa Bell Armstrong
3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted - Chris Willis
4. And The Glory Of The Lord - Diane Reeves
5. But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming - Patti Austin
6. And He Shall Purify - Tramaine Hawkins
7. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive - Howard Hewitt
8. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion - Stevie Wonder
9. For Unto Us A Child Is Born - James Wright
10. Glory To God - The Boys Choir Of Harlem
11. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion - The Richard Smallwood Singers
12. Behold The Lamb Of God (Instrumental) - The Yellowjackets
13. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates - Commissioned
14. Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage? - Al Jarreau
15. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Tevin Campbell
16. Hallelujah! - Various Artists

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary interpretations of classic music December 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Another reviewer hit it on the head: This disc shows that even in these classic compositions, there is plenty of room for innovative interpretations.
Forget the ethnocentric nature of some resposes. ANYONE who is a lover of music will love this disc. Wonderful work is done here on some very familiar songs, such as the Boys Choir of Harlem's rendition of "Glory To God". "And The Glory of the Lord", "A Child Is Born", and "Every Valley Shall Be Exalted" are nothing short of contemporary masterpieces.
The best, however is the Hallelujah Chorus. It must be played loud, in the house, in the car, in the office, or anywhere else. It is the most inspiring music I have ever heard. Somewhere, Handel is smiling and marvelling at what has come from the wonder which he penned two centuries ago.
Everyone should own this disc!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord is Good December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It really doesn't get much better than this while still on earth. This cd proves that there is still new ground to be covered in traditional music; it's full of innovative twists to old favorites and new sensations. This is one of the bets collections of contemporary Christian Gospel music available anywhere; I give it the highest rating as it gives God the highest praise.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovin' With The Messiah! November 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is our tree trimming music now- and has been ever since I found it quite by accident a few years ago while trying to learn the Rejoice solo. I must admit that THIS Rejoice is the best, and I know it enhanced my, definitely more traditional, performance. Methinks perhaps that the reviewer for Amazon was a tad proud of him/herself the day the review was written. After a couple of egg nogs that reviewer will be groovin' with the rest of us!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired re-working June 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing re-take on Handel's inspired work, streets ahead of the very 80s-sounding version which came out before it (Handel's Young Messiah). It's such an effective collaboration of hot musicians and conglomeration of afro-american musical styles. Highlights as follows:
*The Overture (Track 1): a terrific hasty journey through the history of black music, including spiritual, ragtime, gospel, disco, hip-hop... and all using Handel's original tune!
*"But Who May Abide" (Track 5): the original alto/bass aria (depending on which edition you read from), but adapted by Patti Austin. Her vocals are outstanding - full of soul and integrity. The BV's are unbelievably good too.
*"O Thou that Tellest" (Track 8): the original alto aria, adapted by Take 6 and Stevie Wonder - so how could it possibly go wrong? Well, it doesn't! Close harmony and Stevie's classic voice - oh, yeah...
*"For Unto Us a Child is Born" (Track 9): the original opening chorus, shifted a little later into the work, and sung by Sounds of Blackness. Still very recognisable, but with more funky rhythms - and partly sung in Swahili!!
*"Why do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together?" (Track 14): The original bass aria, arranged by Mervyn Warren for big band (and WHAT A BIG BAND IT IS - Buddy Rich would be proud), with lead vocals by Al Jarreau. This one REALLY cooks!
If you have not yet seen the signs, there are some stunningly awesome muzos on this album, and the result is amazing! I have to add, as a great fan of the original work (preferably with Baroque period instruments), this CD is a great compliment to Handel - who (fortunately!) recognised the importance of his composition, and encouraged future composers to keep adapting it to suit the times. This succeeds - and then some!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD May 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bet when Handel wrote the "Messiah" he had no idea what other artist would contribute to his work. Mervyn Warren, the great music genius, has out done himself in the organization and the arrangement of this work. He gathered a host of secular and non-secualar artist to form what has beent the greatest adaptation of the Messiah to date. Although one can hear remnants of the original piece in the melodies, this is entirely a new master piece. Songs like "O Thou that Tellest" and "Every Valley" not only put you in the spirit of christmas, but also makes you want to shout. This will be a very essential element of your christmas experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious soulful music! April 30, 1998
Format:Audio CD
The various artists on this CD have taken Handel's already wonderful music and updated it to a modern style and rhythm. It's got style, class, beauty and a beat...What more can you ask? Oh, yes, and it keeps the reverence of Handel's original too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Christmas Album May 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've had this CD since it first came out, have bought and given many copies to friends (some even on cassette tape - remember those?), and play it year round. This is simply my favorite piece of Christmas music and is one of my top 5 favorite CD's of my entire music collection. I play it LOUDLY in the car and at home and have been known to break it down, measure by measure, in order to figure out the arrangements. I've performed the traditional Messiah more times than I can count and love it, yet I am delighted and astounded every time I listen to this fresh, innovative and dynamic piece of music (like I said, year round). Thank you, thank you to all the musicians, artists, engineers and technicians who put this piece together. I agree with a previous reviewer - I think Handel would be so very pleased that his work is standing the test of time. Open your mind and your ears and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot list all the songs I like.
22 yrs. old, but nearly all songs inspire. Cannot list all the songs I like.
Published 5 days ago by Charles H. Henderson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Beyond My Imagining!
Totally, absolutely, positively incredible! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Some of the most beautiful sound I have ever heard! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Lynn Lombard
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
I'm sad to disagree with most of the reviewers here, but I hated it. I didn't even finish listening to it.
Published 1 month ago by Bryan S. Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars This has become a holiday standard at our house. ...
This has become a holiday standard at our house. My church choir has even added this version of The Halleluia Chorus to our repetoire.
Published 2 months ago by Sarajane Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
Very modern arrangements. Particularly liked three of the arrangements. The best part was when the kids wanted to know what that was and liked the music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reimagining
CD arrived new, clean, and immediately. Some consider the original Handel sacrosanct, but I'm glad there's room for wild adaptations.
Published 6 months ago by jrc
5.0 out of 5 stars Our favorite Christmas music
This album contains some of the most creative arrangements we've ever heard, presented in a variety of styles but all in the soul genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars For me...Classic
Creative, joyous music of the highest quality. Some of the best musicians in existence because they all come a callin' when the genius Q, is involved in the project. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bossadude
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that will bring you joy.
This is my favorite CD. I lost my original copy. This purchase is a replacement. And just to be sure I will always have this CD, I ordered an extra one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vee Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas CD Ever!
This is the best Christmas Cd ever! It's not Christmas until I start playing it! In fact I listen to it all year round.😃
Published 8 months ago by Linda Polite
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