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Handel: Messiah / Athalia / Esther / La Resurrezione Box set, Original recording reissued

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Led by Christopher Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music has made many renowned recordings of Handel's music-particularly the oratorios. The beloved Messiah heads up this 8-CD set, followed by Esther; La Resurezzione , and, making its return to the international catalog after an absence of several years, the 1985 recording of Athalia -with none other than Joan Sutherland in the title role! Recorded in London, 1979-85.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 1. Sinfony
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. Comfort ye my people / No. 3. Song. Every valley shall be exalted
  3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 5. Recitative. Thus saith the Lord / No. 6. Song. But who may abide the day of his comi
  5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 7. Chorus. And he shall purify
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 8. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive / No. 9. Song. O thou that tellest good
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 10. Recitative. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth / No. 11. Song. The people t
  8. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 12. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
  9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 13. Pifa
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 14a. Recitative. There were shepherds, abiding in the field / No. 14b. Recitative. And
  11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 18. Song. Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion
  12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 19. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind / No. 20. Song. He shall feed his floc
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 21. Chorus. His yoke is easy, and his burden is light
  14. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 22. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
  15. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 23. Song. He was despised

Disc: 2

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 24. Chorus. Surely he hath borne our griefs / No. 25. Chorus. And with His stripes we a
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 26. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray
  3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 27. Recitative. All they that see him laugh him to scorn / No. 28. Chorus. He trusted i
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 29. Recitative. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart / No. 30. Song. Behold and see if ther
  5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 32. Song. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 33. Chorus. Lift up your heads, o ye gates
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 34. Recitative. Unto which of the angels said he at any time / No. 35. Chorus. Let all
  8. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 36. Song. Thou art gone up on high
  9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 37. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 38. Song. How beautiful are the feet
  11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 39. Chorus. Their sound is gone out
  12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 40. Song. Why do the nations so furiously rage together? / No. 41. Chorus. Let us break
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. No. 42. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven / No. 43. Song. Thou shalt break them
  14. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 45. Song. I know that my redeemer liveth
  15. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 46. Chorus. Since by man came death
  16. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 47. Recitative. Behold, I tell you a mystery / No. 48. Song. The trumpet shall sound
  17. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 49. Recitative. Then shall be brought to pass / No. 50. Duet. O Death, where is thy sti
  18. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 51. Chorus. But thanks be to God
  19. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 52. Song. If God be for us
  20. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 53. Chorus. Worthy is the lamb that was slain
  21. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. No. 54. Chorus. Amen

Disc: 3

  1. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 1. Sinfonia
  2. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 1. Aria. Blooming virgins, spotless train
  3. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 1. Chorus. The rising world Jehovah crown'd
  4. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 1. Solo & Chorus. Tyrants would in impious throngs
  5. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 1. Recitative. When he is in his wrath reveal'd
  6. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 2. Recitative. Your sacred songs awhile forbear
  7. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 3. Recitative. What scenes of horror round me rise!
  8. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 3. Chorus. The gods, who chosen blessings shed
  9. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 3. Chorus. Cheer her, o Baal
  10. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 3. Aria. Gentle airs, melodious strains!
  11. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 3. Aria. Softest sounds no more can ease me
  12. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 3. Chorus. The traitor if you there descry / Scene 4. Recitative. My Josabeth! the gra
  13. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 4. Aria. Faithful cares in vain extended
  14. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 1. Scene 4. Aria. Gloomy tyrants, we disdain

Disc: 4

  1. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 1. Chorus. The mighty pow'r
  2. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 1. Aria. Through the land so lovely blessing
  3. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 1. Aria. Ah, canst thou but prove me! / Scene 2. Recitative. Confusion to my thoughts!
  4. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 2. Aria. Will God, whose mercies ever flow
  5. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 2. Aria. My vengeance awakes me
  6. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 2. Duet. My spirits fail, I faint, I die! / Scene 3. Recitative. Dear Josabeth
  7. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 3. Duet. Cease thy anguish, smile once more
  8. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 2. Scene 3. Chorus. The clouded scene begins to clear
  9. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 1. Recitative. What sacred horrors shake my breast!
  10. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 1. Chorus. Unfold, great seer, what heav'n imparts
  11. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 1. Recitative. Let harmony breathe soft around
  12. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 1. Chorus. With firm united hearts/ Scene 2. Recitative.
  13. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 2. Aria. O princess, I approach thee / Scene 3. Recitative. Soothing tyrant, falsely s
  14. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 4. Chorus. O bold seducer, art thou there?
  15. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 4. Aria. Around let acclamations ring
  16. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 4. Aria. Oppression, no longer I dread thee
  17. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene 4. Aria. To darkness eternal
  18. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene the last. Duet. Now, Josabeth, thy fears are o'er!
  19. Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: Act 3. Scene the last. Chorus. Give glory to his awful name

Disc: 5

  1. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 1. Ouverture / Recitative. Tis greater far to spare
  2. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 1. Aria. Pluck root and branch from out the land
  3. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 1. Chorus. Shall we the God of Israel fear?
  4. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 2. Aria. Tune your harps to cheerful strains
  5. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 2. Chorus. Shall we of servitude complain
  6. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 2. Aria. Praise the Lord with cheerful noise
  7. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 2. Aria. Sing songs of praise, bow down the knee/ Scene 3. Recitative. How have our sins prov
  8. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 3. Chorus. Ye sons of Israel mourn
  9. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 3. Aria. O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide / Scene 4. Recitative. Why sits that sorrow on thy bro
  10. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 4. Aria. Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger
  11. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 4. Aria. Tears assist me, pity moving
  12. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 4. Chorus. Save us, o Lord

Disc: 6

  1. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 5. Recitative. Who dares intrude into our presence
  2. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 5. Duet. Who calls my parting soul from death? Awake, my soul, my life, my breath!
  3. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 5. Aria. O beauteous Queen / Recitative. If I find favour in thy sight
  4. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 5. Aria. How can I stay when love invites
  5. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 5. Chorus. Virtue, truth and innocence
  6. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 5. Arioso. Jehovah, crown'd with glory bright / Chorus. He comes, he comes to end our woes /
  7. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 6. Arioso. Turn not, o Queen, thy face away
  8. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 6. Aria. Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee! / Recitative. Guards, seize the traitor
  9. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 6. Aria. How art thou fall'n from thy height!
  10. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Scene 6. Chorus. The Lord our enemy has slain / Chorus. For ever blessed be thy holy name / Solo. L

Disc: 7

  1. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 2. Piangete, sì, piangete
  2. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 2. Dolci chiodi, amate spine
  3. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 2. Naufragando va per l'onde
  4. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 2. Ho un non so che nel cor
  5. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 3. Il nume vincitor
  6. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Sonata
  7. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 1. Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno
  8. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 1. Qual'insolita luca
  9. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 1. Ma che veggio?
  10. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 1. D'amor fu consiglio
  11. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 1. O voi, dell'Erebo
  12. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 1. Scene 2. Notte, notte funesta

Disc: 8

  1. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Introduzione
  2. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 1. Ecco il sol, ch'esce dal mare
  3. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 2. Risorga il mondo
  4. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 2. Di rabbia indarno freme
  5. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 2. Per celare il nuovo scorno
  6. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 4. Se per copla di donna infelice
  7. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 4. Del ciglio dolente
  8. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 4. Augelletti, ruscelletti
  9. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 5. Caro Figlio!
  10. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 5. Se impassibile, immortale
  11. La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Part 2. Scene 5. Dissi lode in Cielo, in terra


Product Details

  • Performer: Joan Sutherland, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Carolyn Watkinson, et al.
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, Original recording reissued
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0009A41VK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Way back in the early 1980s, I fell in love with the recordings of Christopher Hogwood with the Academy of Ancient Music. His period interpretations of the Baroque composers were charming, and the performers that surrounded him brought something fresh and new to Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell and other Baroque and early classical composers. The first Hogwood recording I ever purchased was the Messiah included in this set, and it remains one of the finest interpretations of this work in the catalogue.

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Messiah: The one feature of this recording that makes it unmistakably one of the two or three best recordings of Messiah on the current market is the singing of the soloists. Every single solo or duet is executed with flawless perfection. Period. That's right. The two sopranos, Judith Nelson and Emma Kirkby sharing the soprano solos, Carolyn Watkinson delivering a wonderful "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion," Paul Elliot, Tenor, and David Thomas, bass/baritone - all of them make this the set to buy for the solo singing. Not to say the choir shirks their responsibilities at all. The Christ Church Choir, Oxford Cathedral is absolutely perfect. Using boy sopranos, it doesn't have the power that an all adult choir would have, but discussing that would take us into an apples and oranges comparison that really serves no purpose here. If you want a different choir, you have John Eliot Gardener, McCreesh, or Stephen Cleobury with the King's College Choir. While those versions are outstanding from a choral perspective, and some even have moments of outstanding solo performances, nothing...
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Introduced to Handel's oratorios some years ago through (what else?) the Messiah I grew curious about this music and purchased Solomon (John Eliot Gardiner) some years back. I could not believe the beauty of the music and was looking for more when I came across this set on Amazon. Although I already had this recording of Messiah I purchased this set since it was the most cost-conscious way of owning the others here and also because I was familiar with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music from other recordings in my library. All are fantastic, but Athalia is a real stand-out. Terrific sound and performances throughout. Others have complained of no libretti but I usually listen to this with the lights out so that's not an issue for me. If I do want to review the libretti or learn more about the pieces I look it up on the Internet. Absolutely beautiful music.
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I bought this, solely for this particular version of the "Messiah". That's the only thing I've listened to so far, and it's worth everything I paid just for that. Someday I will get around to listening to the rest of it. It's nice to have all that music on hand.
It comes in a little cardboard clamshell box, and all of the CD's are cased in a little paper case, stacked inside the clamshell box. All that music stores much more concisely that way. But it is a fairly cheap kind of wrapping.
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