℗ 1980 Decca Music Group Limited
 

Handel: Messiah

Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliot, David Thomas, Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood

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"Stodge no more. In Christopher Hogwood's hands, Messiah was no longer a ponderous and portentous work, but something tightly sprung and which demanded your attention."
- BBC Music Magazine

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Messiah, HWV 56 - Pt. 1  
1
Symphony
George Frideric Handel; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:52
2
"Comfort Ye, My People - Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted"
George Frideric Handel; Paul Elliott; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
6:35
3
"And The Glory Of The Lord"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:51
4
"Thus Saith The Lord...But Who May Abide"
George Frideric Handel; Emma Kirkby; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
5:31
5
"And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:42
6
"Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive...O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings"
George Frideric Handel; Carolyn Watkinson; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
6:14
7
" For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth...The People That Walked In Darkness"
George Frideric Handel; David Thomas; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
5:35
8
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
4:14
9
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
George Frideric Handel; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
0:52
10
"There Were Shepherds...Glory To God In The Highest"
George Frideric Handel; Judith Nelson; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:23
11
"Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion"
George Frideric Handel; Judith Nelson; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
4:09
12
"Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind ... He Shall Feed His Flock"
George Frideric Handel; Judith Nelson; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
5:03
13
"His Yoke Is Easy"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:36
Messiah, HWV 56 - Pt. 2  
14
"Behold The Lamb Of God"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:17
15
"He Was Despised"
George Frideric Handel; Carolyn Watkinson; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
10:14
16
"Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs... And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:52
17
"All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
4:07
18
"All They That See Him...He Trusted In God"
George Frideric Handel; Paul Elliott; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:59
19
"Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart...Behold The Lamb Of God....He Was Cut Off"
George Frideric Handel; Judith Nelson; Paul Elliott; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:37
20
"But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell"
George Frideric Handel; Judith Nelson; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:22
21
"Lift Up Your Heads"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:15
22
"Unto Which Of The Angels...Let All The Angels"
George Frideric Handel; Paul Elliott; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
1:44
23
"Thou Art Gone Up On High"
George Frideric Handel; Emma Kirkby; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:55
24
"The Lord Gave The Word"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
1:14
25
"How Beautiful Are The Feet"
George Frideric Handel; Judith Nelson; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:05
26
"Their Sound Is Gone Out"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
1:21
27
"Why Do The Nations...Let Us Break Asunder"
George Frideric Handel; David Thomas; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:15
28
"He That Dwelleth In Heaven...Thou Shalt Break Them"
George Frideric Handel; Paul Elliott; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:11
29
Hallelujah
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:51
Messiah, HWV 56 - Pt. 3  
30
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
George Frideric Handel; Judith Nelson; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
5:35
31
"Since By Man Came Death"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:03
32
"Behold, I Tell You A Mystery...The Trumpet Shall Sound"
George Frideric Handel; David Thomas; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
9:00
33
"Then Shall Be Brought To Pass - O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?"
George Frideric Handel; Carolyn Watkinson; Paul Elliott; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
1:22
34
"But Thanks Be To God"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
2:18
35
"If God Be For Us"
George Frideric Handel; Emma Kirkby; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
4:22
36
"Worthy Is The Lamb...Blessing And Honour"
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:45
37
Amen
George Frideric Handel; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Simon Preston; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
3:23
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:15:44
"... the Messiah that started it all, the first period instrument performance recorded with a choir of men and boys. It introduced music lovers the world over to Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby and a whole host of performers who have since become ubiquitous ... Hogwood's performance still holds its own as one of the finest and freshest available. A first-rate effort."
- ClassicsToday.com

Christopher Hogwood’s 1980 recording of Messiah is considered one of the finest of all time, winning accolades and awards at the time of its release and still revisited as a definitive version of this magnificent work. The album is included on BBC Music Magazine's list of the top 50 greatest recordings of all time, while The Guardian called it "iconic" and Gramophone referred to it as "groundbreaking." Hogwood uses the 1754 Foundling Hospital version, with two sopranos, on this record.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Producer: Peter Wadland
Balance Engineer: John Dunkerley
Recording Location: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 1979
Remastered by Paschal Byrne at Audio Archiving Company
Project Management: Edward Weston
Booklet Editing: WLP Ltd
Introductory Note & Translations © 2015 Decca Music Group Limited Cover: Ascension of Christ (1756) by William Hogarth (1697–1764) — St Mary Redcliffe. Courtesy of the City of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
All Booklet Photos: Decca, except where otherwise indicated
Art Direction: WLP

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