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Work: Messiah

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ComposerHandel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Grand Théâtre Genève
Handel: Messiah
Marc Minkowski; Robert Wilson; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Carlos J Soto; Elena Tsallagova; Helena Rasker

New York CityFabio Biondi conducts: Handel's Messiah

New York Philharmonic
Handel: Messiah
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Fabio Biondi; Liv Redpath; Kate Lindsey; John Matthew Myers; Neal Davies

AmsterdamAkademie für Alte Musik Berlin & RIAS Kammerchor: Handel's Messiah

© Ronald Knapp
Handel: Messiah
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Justin Doyle; RIAS Chamber Chorus; Julia Doyle; Tim Mead; Thomas Hobbs

StockholmHandel's Messiah

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Handel: Messiah
Orpheus Barockensemble; St Jacob's Chamber Choir; Manfredo Kraemer

TokyoSuntory Hall Christmas Concert 2020

© Suntory Hall
Handel: Messiah
Masaaki Suzuki; Bach Collegium Japan
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An early Christmas present from Stephen Layton & Co.

Stephen Layton © Keith Saunders
A lithe and engaging performance of Handel's festive regular from Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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Not quite the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall

Benjamin Appl © Uwe Arens | Sony Classical
Competent if underwhelming Handel from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Maxim Emelyanchev.
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Britten Sinfonia's electric Messiah: Look, no hands!

Sophie Bevan © Sussie Ahlburg
A conductorless performance of Handel's masterpiece lights up the Barbican.
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Montreal audience elated with OSM's Messiah

Paul McCreesh conducts the OSM © Antoine Saito
It is a high order to mount a captivating performance of a work so widely known and performed as Handel's Messiah
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A festive Messiah heralds the holidays in Cleveland

Tamara Mumford © Fay Fox
Jane Glover’s Cleveland Orchestra performance of Handel’s Messiah was both celebratory and historically-informed.
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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.