Work: Messiah

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

Handel: Messiah
Peter Whelan; Ensemble Marsyas; Rowan Pierce; Hilary Summers; Gwilym Bowen

StockholmHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Musica Vitae; Fredrik Malmberg; Eric Ericson Chamber Choir; Ditte Højgaard Andersen; Marianne Beate Kielland; Anders Dahlin

ManchesterThe Hallé - Handel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
The Hallé; John Butt; Hallé Choir; Mhairi Lawson; Anna Stéphany; Thomas Walker

LondonHandel Mesiah

Handel: Messiah
Orchestra of St John's; John Lubbock; Orchestra of St John's Voices; Eline Vandenheede; Tai Oney; John Findon

New York CityHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Manze; Joélle Harvey; Jennifer Johnson Cano; Benjamin Bliss; Andrew Foster-Williams
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Handel's Messiah, 1743 London première version

The Halle Handel Festival offered a unique opportunity to hear Handel's Messiah in both the Dublin version of 1742 and the London version of 1743 within the space of a week.
***11
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A staged Messiah that sheds little light on Handel's oratorio

Netia Jones is a visionary stage practitioner, but this show is a rare misjudgement.
***11
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Ripping the heart from Handel's Messiah

Messiah butchered and trivialised in Sydney performance
**111
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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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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.