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Work: Messiah

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ComposerHandel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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BirminghamHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Richard Egarr; Mary Bevan; Reginald Mobley; James Gilchrist; Christopher Purves

LondonHandel’s Messiah

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Handel: Messiah
Philharmonia Orchestra; Brian Wright; Highgate Choral Society; Goldsmiths Choral Union; English Concert Chorus

BudapestThe King's Consort - Handel's Messiah

Wavemaker Hungary - MUPA
Handel: Messiah
Choir of The King's Consort

LondonAcademy of Ancient Music: Handel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Academy of Ancient Music; Amanda Forsythe; Jess Dandy; Stuart Jackson; William Thomas

BudapestHandel: Messiah in concert

Handel: Messiah
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Hungarian State Opera Chorus; Rita Rácz; Atala Schöck; Istvan Horvath
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Another fine Messiah, streamed from Rotterdam

Whether one considers Messiah to be really appropriate for Christmas, it always a welcome gift for the Handel aficionado, and this performance from Rotterdam, while suffering some unfortunate cuts, is an otherwise solid musical offering.
***11
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Good tidings of great joy from the Dunedin Consort at Wigmore Hall

Handel's Christmas classic gets a fresh lick of paint from John Butt and colleagues. 
*****
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Handel's Messiah streamed from the Baltic Sea Festival

Reinhard Goebel conducts a perfectly fine, straight-down-the-line Messiah as Sweden re-engages with live audiences. 

***11
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Messiah: Reimagined at St George’s, Hanover Square... but not too much

Handel’s Messiah is not too re-imagined, thankfully, with an almost Crystal Palace sized choir although not all singing at once!
****1
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The Academy of Ancient Music reconnects us to a more genuine Messiah

Richard Egarr was able to put together a performance that – full of energy and dynamism – succeeded in bringing forward with great transparency, restraint and delicacy this score’s wonderful musical tapestry. 
****1
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Biography

Messiah, Handel's oratorio celebrating the arrival of Jesus Christ the Saviour, is a perennial favourite in England and the United States. At Christmas time, particularly, every year sees a raft of performances, ranging from amateur choirs up to the best choirs in the land. In Australia, the Melbourne Philharmonic has performed the Messiah every year in the 157 years since it was formed.

The work's première was in Dublin on 13th April 1742. Twelve years later, in 1754, a historically important performance was the 1754 benefit concert for the Foundling Hospital, which Handel co-founded. By then, Messiah had been much revised and had reached the form commonly played today.