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John Butt - Handel: The Messiah





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This superb new disc features the composer's original version of the Messiah as it was premiered at Fishamble Music Hall, Dublin in 1742. In the years that followed the original Dublin production, at least 10 different versions of the Messiah were produced by Handel, and although no one edition can be regarded as "definitive," the aim of this recording is to recreate some of the freshness of the premiere, so that the listener may hear it as if for the first time, when many moments must have been quite unexpected. The changes made by Handel over the years frequently reflected the musical and vocal resources available to the composer at the time of production. The Dublin version was originally performed by the choirs of Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, whose numerical resources were approximately equivalent to those of the Dunedin Consort today.

"Rarely has a vocal group made such an impact on the Scottish classical scene as quickly and impressively as the Dunedin Consort. Crisp singing and clear diction is matched by outstanding technical ability." – Sunday Herald

"It is riveting. Balance is never a problem with Dunedin's radiant and intimate recording: it's Hallelujah chorus sturdy, effortless and exultant; it's small band of singers, from which the soloists emerge, perfectly matched. In the final reckoning, if I had to make a choice between recordings, my money would go on Dunedin's Messiah." – The Scotsman, November 2006

Recit: Comfort ye
Air: Every valley shall be exalted
Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord
Recit: Thus saith the Lord
Air: But who may abide
Chorus: And he shall purify
Recit: Behold a virgin shall conceive
Air: O thou that tellest good tidings
Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings
Recit: For behold!
Air: The people that walked in darkness
Chorus: For unto us a child is born
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Recit: There were shepherds
Recit: And lo!
Recit: And the angel said unto them
Recit: And suddenly
Chorus: Glory to God
Air: Rejoice greatly
Recit: Then shall the eyes of the blind
Air: He shall feed his flock
Chorus: His yoke is easy
Chorus: Behold the lamb of God
Air: He was despised
Chorus: Surely
(and with his stripes)
Chorus: All we like sheep
Recit: But Who may abide
Recit accomp: All they that see him
Chorus: He trusted in God
Recit accomp: Thy rebuke
Air: Behold and see
Recit accomp: He was cut off
Air: But thou didst not leave
Chorus: Lift up your heads
Recit: Unto which of the angels
Chorus: Let all the angels
Air: Thou art gone up
Chorus: The Lord gave the word
Soli & Chorus: How beautiful are the feet
Air: Why do the nations
Chorus: Let us break
Recit: He that dwelleth
Chorus: Hallelujah
Air: I know that my redeemer liveth
Soli & Chorus: Since by man
Recit. Accomp: Behold I tell you a mystery
Air: The trumpet shall sound
Recit: Then shall be brought
Duet: O death where is thy sting
Chorus: But thanks
Air: If God be for us
Chorus: Worthy is the lamb
Chorus: Amen
Recit: He that dwelleth in Heaven shall laugh them to scorn
Air: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron

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posted on 06/22/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: Rich L.
What clarity on the vocals and horns! The Hallelujah Chorus on the 2nd disc is pure joy. Album as a whole is a tour-de-force, both in performance and recording excellence. Would make a great demo disc for SACD, it's that good.

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