Monday, December 25, 2017

Georg Frederick Handel - "Messiah" (complete)

This is a 1980s recording of the complete Handel Messiah, performed by the Academy of Ancient Music in Westminster Abbey.  It was billed as being performed as closely to the original eighteenth century style as possible at the time.

Academy of Ancient Music / Choir of Westminster Abbey 

Emma Kirkby (soprano) 
Judith Nelson (soprano) 
Carolyn Watkinson (mezzo soprano) 
Paul Elliott (tenor) 
David Thomas (bass) 

Christopher Hogwood (conductor)


libertyman said...

Amazing that anyone could imagine, write and orchestrate such a masterpiece. I like the use of the ancient instruments, and the beautiful singing.
They must collapse at the end of this piece.
Christmas music of the finest kind, as they say in Maine.
Merry Christmas to you and the family!

Tom in NC said...

Thanks for posting this awesome work, an my all time favorite of mine. I still get chills at various parts. Sang it in the church choir a few times, and so my kids now always go into another room when I try to keep up nowdays! My baritone a'int what it used to be, partly because for some reason this piece of music, especially the Hallelujah Chorus, seems to kick up the dust in the room!

Y'all have a Happy New Year!