Georg Friedrich Händel: The Messiah KV 572, Part I (1991)

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From the Parish Church in Ellwangen, Bavaria Oratorio in 3 parts by Georg Friedrich Händel Arranged by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, KV 572 Donna Brown - soprano Cornelia Kallisch - mezzosoprano Roberto Sacca - tenor Alistair Miles - bass Gächinger Kantorei Bach-Collegium Stuttgart Helmuth Rilling - conductor Go to Part II: youtu.be/OSG_H2OZQhU Händels "Messiah" - one of the most important pieces of classical music ever written. A festival of sound with uplifting messages of breathtaking beauty, and, at last a filming has been made of this masterpiece, namely in the Parish church in Ellwangen, nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian forests. The Parish church is a most picturesque building with an acoustic that is perfectly suited for this form of recording. The church has often been a venue for some of the world's renownded orchestras and choirs. The soloists who took part in this recording are all wellknown artists. The soprano part was performed by the Canadian opera singer Donna Brown, who has on several occasions worked with Helmuth Rilling. The second soprano was taken over by the renowned student of Anna Reynolds, Cornelia Kallisch. The tenor part was taken over by Roberto Sacca, and the bass part by Alistair Miles. The choir and orchestra parts were taken over by the Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach-Kollegium from Stuttgart, two world famous groups from Germany, who are particularly well known for their Bach recordings. The performance was, of course, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. The television recording was controlled by the German Broadcaster ZDF. The recording is approx. 150 minutes long, a considerable length, however the recording never loses pace or vitality. The sound is breathtaking, and set against the rural surroundings in the beautiful church in Ellwangen, this filming of Handels "Messiah" is a truly memorable experience. Subscribe: goo.gl/jrui3M 0:47 Part I Scene 1: Isaiah's prophecy of salvation 1. Sinfony (instrumental) 2. Comfort ye my people (tenor) 3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (air for tenor) 4. And the glory of the Lord (anthem chorus) Scene 2: The coming judgment 5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts (accompanied recitative for bass) 6. But who may abide the day of His coming (soprano, alto or bass) 7. And he shall purify the sons of Levi (chorus) Scene 3: The prophecy of Christ's birth 8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto) 9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (air for alto and chorus) 10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass) 11. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (bass) 12. For unto us a child is born (duet chorus) Scene 4: The annunciation to the shepherds 13. Pifa ("pastoral symphony": instrumental) 14a. There were shepherds abiding in the fields (secco recitative for soprano) 14b. And lo, the angel of the Lord (accompanied recitative for soprano) 15. And the angel said unto them (secco recitative for soprano) 16. And suddenly there was with the angel (accompanied recitative for soprano) 17. Glory to God in the highest (chorus) Scene 5: Christ's healing and redemption 18. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano) 19. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (secco recitative for soprano or alto) 20. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd (alto and/or soprano) 21. His yoke is easy (duet chorus)

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