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Handel's Messiah (Christopher Hogwood)
Handel's Messiah (Christopher Hogwood)

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Item #:  D2269
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 136 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031226999
ISBN: 0-7697-7929-8

Availability: In Stock

In Handel's day this best-loved of all oratorios was performed by fewer than forty instrumentalists and a chorus, less than thirty strong, of boy trebles and men. That is the tradition to which Christopher Hogwood has returned in his performances with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Members of the Academy all play instruments of the period or accurate modern copies. In this recording the choruses are sung by boy trebles and male altos, tenors and basses, members of the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The soloists improvise embellishments in the arias and, in certain cases, join in the singing of the choruses, just as they would have done 240 years ago.

The recording takes full advantage not only of Westminster Abbey's fine acoustic qualities, but also of the incomparable architectural splendor of the surroundings.


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Cast & Crew

Judith Nelson, Soprano 1
Emma Kirkby, Soprano 2
Carolyn Watkinson, Contralto
Paul Elliott, Tenor
David Thomas, Bass

Music: George Frideric Handel

Westminster Abbey Choir
Organist and Master of the Choristers: Simon Preston
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood

Directed for TV by: Roy Tipping

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