& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Handel Messiah has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Round3
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Shipped next day from GA, United States. All products are inspected and playing quality guaranteed (excluding any digital content). Our friendly multilingual customer service team will be happy to resolve your queries.
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.40
Gift Card.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$24.59
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: historical_classical
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Handel Messiah

4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, September 9, 2008
"Please retry"
$24.60
$15.46 $4.38

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
$24.60 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Handel Messiah
  • +
  • Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)
Total price: $50.71
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Brand new recording by one of the most celebrated ensembles in the world features distinguished soloists revered for their performances of Handel.

"What a winning combination: Handel's Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of early music choirs." -- The Telegraph

"The Sixteen are on fine form in a repertory that sees them at their most confident." -- Gramophone

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Symphony
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Accompagnato. Comfort ye, my people
  3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Air. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
  5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Air. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Accompagnato. But who may abide?
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Chorus. He shall purify
  8. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Recit. Behold a virgin shall conceive
  9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Air and Chorus. O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Accompagnato. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
  11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Air. The people that walked in darkness
  12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Pastoral Symphony (Pifa)
  14. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Recit. There were shepherds abiding in the field
  15. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Accompagnato. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
  16. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Recit. And the angel said unto them: Fear not
  17. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Accompagnato. And suddenly there was with the angel
  18. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest
  19. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
  20. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Recit. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
  21. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Air. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd
  22. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. Chorus. His yoke is easy and His burthen is light
  23. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
  24. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Air. He was despised and rejected of men

Disc: 2

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Surely He hath borne our griefs
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed
  3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Accompagnato. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn
  5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. He trusted in God that He would deliver Him
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Arioso. Behold and see if there be any sorrow
  8. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Accompagnato. He was cut off out of the land of the living
  9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Air. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
  11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Recit. Unto which of the angels said He at any time
  12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship Him
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Air. Thou art gone up on high
  14. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
  15. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Their sound is gone out into all lands
  16. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Air. Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
  17. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
  18. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Recit. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn
  19. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Air. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
  20. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah!
  21. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Air. I know that my redeemer liveth
  22. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Chorus. Since by man came death
  23. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Accompagnato. Behold, I tell you a mystery
  24. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Recit. Then shall be brought to pass
  25. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Duet. O Death, where is thy sting?
  26. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Chorus. But thanks be to God
  27. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Air. If God be for us, who can be against us?
  28. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
  29. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Chorus. Amen

Disc: 3

  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  2. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: The Lord our enemy has slain
  3. Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134
  4. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294: Allegro
  5. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294: Larghetto
  6. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294: Allegro moderato
  7. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 2. Sinfonia
  8. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Recitative and Aria. Scherza infida
  9. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Air and Chorus. Let the bright seraphim


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B001DCQJ36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Thomas B. Dawkins on September 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had the extreme pleasure of working with Mr. Christophers less than a month after this recording was made when he came to Boston to work with the Handel & Haydn Society on our annual Messiah. What many of us in the choir were expecting was another "white" performance so typical of the early music movement with excellent technique and very little emotion. What we got instead was an almost Romantic performance that happened to use period instruments and a choir of 33.

Here the choir is only 19 members, with male altos, and an orchestra of 26 impeccable players. Christophers writes "As with all Handel oratorios, text is paramount" and indeed it is. There is impassioned singing from all, choir and soloists. Incredible precision, but never too dry.

The four soloists are uniformly excellent. Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Christopher Purves were our soloists in Boston and received great praise from all. The alto aria "He was despised" is often a dead point in a performance of Messiah, but each night held our attention for its nearly twelve minutes. Purves was excellent as well, as he is here, but in concert he ornamented his arias more and I was disappointed to hear less spontaneity in his recorded account. Mark Padmore and Carolyn Sampson are slightly less passionate but still excellent vocally.

What struck me most about Christophers' approach in Boston was that he wasn't stuffy and academic, though clearly he knew the historical context of this score extremely well. He was all about getting the point across to the audience, exciting them, making them sit up and take notice and perhaps shed a few tears. The only thing that could make this a better recording would be the energy of live performance instead of the comparatively lower intensity of the studio.
Read more ›
3 Comments 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I own the previous Christophers/Sixteen Messiah on Hyperion, and was looking forward to this new interpretation. Overall, it's very good, especially the chorus, soprano, bass and tenor soloists. The tempi are generally on the slow side, (especially when compared with other recent "period" recordings) but not excessively so, and occasionally distracting ornamentation is displayed only in the soprano and alto lines. In the liner notes, Mr. Christophers mentions that each of the soloists have been associated with him for many years, and that this recording had a "family" atmosphere. Well and good, but I wish that a little more judiciousness had been taken with the choice of alto soloist, who sounds a bit past her prime here, with wide vibrati and occasional noticable gasps for breath. The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra are fantastic, as usual, peforming with much more depth and feeling than their earlier Messiah outing. Mr. Christophers mentions in his liner notes that he paid special attention to the text of Messiah during this performance, and it shows - the Hyperion Messiah glistened with good singing, but sounded detached, even vain at times; here the Choir sounds more involved in the performance, yet still attends to their pristine vocal talents. There are moments of pure beauty in the choruses, and for that, and for the generally fine soloists, I recommend this set as worth a listen.
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
The number of excellent Messiah recordings must be "reckoning up by dozens" and it may be hard to pick a preferred recording from the many recordings of this Handel oratorio. Before the 1960s most Messiah recordings were gargantuan affairs, notably the RCA recording of Beecham. However, Robert Shaw and Sir Colin Davis changed the direction of Messiah performances and recordings by going back to Handel's original orchestral forces. Hogwood gave further impetus with his period instrument version, and many Messiahs have taken the lead from the Hogwood recording. I know that the small-orchestra versions may be manifestations of the great post-war trivialisation (or dumbing-down) of everything, and I know that there is no way in heaven that Baroque-era orchestra could have played Baroque music at such lickety-split speeds. However, I am still grateful that Shaw and Davis made the Messiah less galumphing wthout losing the expressive power of the music.

This Coro recording of Harry Christophers and the Sixteen follows in Hogwood's footsteps. Christophers and the Sixteen had previously recorded Messiah for the Hyperion label in 1988, but revisited the work again in 2008. I haven't got a copy of the Hyperion set, but this is still a strong studio-recorded performance on its own merits.

Of the in-house Messiahs that were produced during the mid-2000s, I find that I rather like the Christophers version a little better than the Rutter-Cambridge Singers and the Naxos version with Higginbottom and the New College (Chapel) Choir. I might put it on the same plane as the Butt-Dunedin version that uses the first Dublin text. There is more vividness and immediacy in this lovingly crafted performance. It also comes across as one of the best-engineered versions of recent years.
Read more ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A friend gave me this recording, and it is now my second favorite version of Messiah. For years, I listened only to the Christopher Hogwood edition (purported to be a reconstruction of the first Dublin performance of Messiah), and which I've always considered to be the definitive recording of the work. But this is a find recording, with superb singers. And with only four singers on a part, one is able to fully appreciate the beauty of Handel's music.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Handel Messiah
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Handel Messiah


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?