Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah

Jürgen Budday

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Tracklist

  • Pt. I: Symphony

    Miriam Allan

    3:13

  • Pt. I: Accompagnato. Comfort ye my people, saith your God (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    3:10

  • Pt. I: Aria. Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    3:23

  • Pt. I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    2:27

  • Pt. I: Accompagnato. Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts (Bass)

    Miriam Allan

    1:24

  • Pt. I: Aria. But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)

    Miriam Allan

    4:33

  • Pt. I: And He shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus) – Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son [Alto]

    Miriam Allan

    2:39

  • Pt. I: Aria. O thou That tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto, Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    5:28

  • Pt. I: Accompagnato. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people (Bass)

    Miriam Allan

    2:12

  • Pt. I: Aria. The people That walked in darkness have seen a great light (Bass)

    Miriam Allan

    3:32

  • Pt. I: For unto a child Is born (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    3:47

  • Pt. I: Pifa – Recitative. There were shepherds abiding in the field (Soprano)

    Miriam Allan

    2:58

  • Pt. I: Accompagnato. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (Soprano) – Recitative. And the angel said unto them: Fear not [Soprano]

    Miriam Allan

    0:53

  • Pt. I: Accompagnato. And suddenly there was with the angel (Soprano)

    Miriam Allan

    0:16

  • Pt. I: Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    1:53

  • Pt. I: Aria. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano) - Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened [Alto]

    Miriam Allan

    4:34

  • Pt. I: Duet. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Alto, Soprano)

    Miriam Allan

    5:40

  • Pt. I: His yoke Is easy and His burthen Is light (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    2:17

  • Pt. II: Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    2:59

  • Pt. II: Aria. He was despised and rejected of men (Alto)

    Miriam Allan

    11:05

  • Pt. II: Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows! (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    2:03

  • Pt. II: And with His stripes we Are healed (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    1:55

  • Pt. II: All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    4:19

  • Pt. II: Accompagnato. All they That see Him Laugh Him to scorn (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    0:44

  • Pt. II: He trusted in God That He would deliver Him (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    2:20

  • Pt. II: Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    2:24

  • Pt. I: Arioso. Behold, and see If there be any sorrow (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    1:39

  • Pt. II: Accompagnato. He was cut off out of the land of the living (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    0:19

  • Pt. II: Aria. But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    1:53

  • Pt. II: Lift up your heads (Chorus) - Unto which of the angels said He at any time [Tenor]

    Miriam Allan

    3:29

  • Pt. II: Let all the angels of God worship Him (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    1:22

  • Pt. II: Aria. Thou art gone up high (Bass)

    Miriam Allan

    3:25

  • Pt. II: The Lord gave the word (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    1:09

  • Pt. II: Aria. How beautiful Are the feet of them That preach the gospel of peace (Soprano)

    Miriam Allan

    2:05

  • Pt. II: Their sound Is gone out into all lands (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    1:31

  • Aria. Why do the nations so furiously rage together

    Miriam Allan

    2:40

  • Pt. II: Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus) - He hath dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn [Tenor]

    Miriam Allan

    1:51

  • Pt. II: Aria. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    2:05

  • Hallelujah!

    Miriam Allan

    3:39

  • Pt. III: Aria. I know That my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)

    Miriam Allan

    5:55

  • Pt. III: Since by man came death (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    2:11

  • Pt. III: Accompagnato. Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)

    Miriam Allan

    0:46

  • Pt. III: Aria. The trumpet shall sound (Bass) - Then shall be brought to pass the saying That Is written [Alto]

    Miriam Allan

    9:05

  • Pt. III: Duet. O Death, where Is thy sting (Alto, Tenor)

    Miriam Allan

    1:06

  • Pt. III: But thanks be to God (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    2:19

  • Pt. III: Aria. If God be for us, who can be against us? (Soprano)

    Miriam Allan

    4:54

  • Pt. III: Worthy Is the Lamb That was slain (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    3:37

  • Pt. III: Amen (Chorus)

    Miriam Allan

    4:11

  • Total playing time

    2:23:43

Album review

“This live German recording of Messiah is based on a manuscript Handel marked up for a performance of the work in Dublin, adding a variety of new dynamic markings and ensemble indications. There's no reason to regard it as quite the definitive version of the work that it is proposed to be by the booklet here; it can equally well be considered an experiment on Handel's part in dealing with the new stylistic currents of his day. For listeners unfamiliar with it, this version carries quite a few surprises. Sampling merely the beginning of the "Hallelujah" chorus, CD 2, track 16, is enough to give the listener an idea of what he or she is getting into as the usually muscular entrance of the choir contracts to a quiet, angelic effect. The work becomes much more varied in texture and a good deal less monumental overall.

It would nevertheless be a shame if this recording were pigeonholed among the Dublin versions, for it has a good deal to offer any Messiah listener. Billed as an uncut, historically informed performance, this recording becomes, in the hands of conductor Jürgen Budday, a nice fusion of the immediate feel of the best historical performances (aided by fine live engineering in the impressive, sonically clear spaces of Germany's Maulbronn Monastery) with a rich, more conventional sound from a good-sized German choir, the Maulbronner Kammerchor. The combination of German choristers who render the word "of" as "uff" with veteran anglophone soloists is a little odd, but not seriously distracting, and Budday gives the soloists a chance to stretch out in the recitatives. Collectively the performers capture the different strands of Handel's experience -- operatic, English Protestant, solo-oriented, and instrumetnal -- that he brought to bear on this magnificent work, and they produce a rich Messiah of unusually strong impact. The live recording has a few flaws, but they are more than overcome by the edge thus generated. Notes are in German and English, but the text is in English only.”

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Credits

    Released

    1 May 2011

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