Work: Messiah

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ComposerHandel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Bjarte Eike; Netia Jones; Bergen National Opera; Malin Christensson; Renata Pokupić; Pierre Derhet

HalleMessiah, HWV 56 (Dublin version)

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Jonathan Sells; Zoe Brookshaw; Clare Lloyd-Griffiths; Kate Symonds-Joy; Roderick Morris

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Tim Garland; Gerard Presencer

HalleMessiah, HWV 56

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Concerto Köln; Howard Arman; Johanna Winkel; Benno Schachtner; Julian Prégardien; Tareq Nazmi

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London Handel Orchestra; Laurence Cummings; Ruby Hughes; Catherine Wyn-Rogers; Robin Tritschler; David Soar
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Ripping the heart from Handel's Messiah

Messiah butchered and trivialised in Sydney performance
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Polished, but no cracker

Polished, deft and attentive, Les Arts Florissants deliver in concert the same slickness that we have come to expect from their impressive array of recordings, but lack vital energy.
****1
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Messiah rings in the festive season in Toronto

English conductor Nicholas McGegan led a responsible reading of Handel's now-classic oratorio, infusing some dramatic and lyrical touches into a largely unruffled evening.
***11
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The arts are blooming in William Christie’s Budapest Messiah

William Christie and his ensemble Les Arts Florissants (or The blooming arts – a reference to an opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier) visited the Hungarian capital to perform Handel’s Messiah in the exceptional acoustics of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall. 
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Cummings leads a light and fluent Messiah in DC

Salvation sweetness and light in DC's annual Messiah.
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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.