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Work: Messiah

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ComposerHandel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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LondonRed Priest: Handel in the Wind

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LondonHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Nick Newland; Amadè Players

MadridOrquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Handel: Messiah
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; Pedro Teixeira; Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid; Alicia Amo; Hilary Summers; Juan Sancho

LondonCome & Sing Handel Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Chartwell Sinfonia; Richard Heason; Jessica Cale; Elizabeth Paul; James. Robinson; Theo Platt

OxfordMaundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday
Handel: Messiah
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra; Steven Grahl; Schola Cantorum of Oxford; Elizabeth Atherton; Carris Jones; Nick Pritchard
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No ordinary Messiah at the Barbican

Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Superlative musicianship and extravagant detailing from the force-of-nature that is Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music 
*****
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Messiah is Seattle Symphony’s “Glory to God”

Will Liverman © Fletcher Artist Management
“Leave your hoop skirts and swords at home,” the audience was advised, in order to avoid overcrowding when Handel’s Messiah premiered in Dublin in 1742.
****1
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A tightly co-ordinated Messiah in Stockholm

Fredrk Malmberg © Jan-Olav Wedin
Chief performers of the Swedish musical scene give a superb performance of Messiah at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
***11
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Handel's Messiah, 1743 London première version

Messiah in Halle © Stiftung Händel-Haus
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

Messiah © Monika Kolstad
Netia Jones is a visionary stage practitioner, but this show is a rare misjudgement.
***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.