Händel - The Messiah - 04 [High Quality Sound] [Lyrics]
  • Classical music composed by George Frideric Handel Conductor: Cristopher Hogwood Soprano 1: Judith Nelson Soprano 2: Emma Kirkby Contralto: Carolyn Watkinson Tenor: Paul Elliott Bass: David Thomas Organist and Master of the chorists: Simon Preston The Choir Of Westminster Abbey The Academy of Ancient Music Directed for video and television by Roy Tipping © 1982 BBC Television and NVC ARTS, a Warner Music Group Company. DVD avaiable at www.kultur.com ---------------------------------------- -- In Handel's day this best-loved of all oratorios was performed by fewer than forty instrumentalists and a chorus, less than thrirty strong, of boy trebles and men. That is the tradition to wich Cristopher Hogwood has returned in his performances with the Academy of Ancient Music. Members of the Academy all play instruments of the period or accurate modern copies. In this recording the choruses are sung by boy trebles and male altos, tenors and basses, members of the Choir of the Westminster Abbey. The soloists improve embellishments in the arias and, in certain cases, join in the singing of the choruses, just as they would have done 240 years ago. The recording takes full advantage not only of Westminter Abbey's fine acoustic qualities, but also of the incomparable architetural splendor of the surroundings.

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