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Handel: Messiah (Live)

Susan Gritton, Sara Mingardo, Mark Padmore, Alastair Miles, Tenebrae Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

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"... a magnificent performance, superbly sung and played. Interpretation, overall musicality and recording quality are outstanding ... a highly intelligent attempt to represent how Handel might have wished his great oratorio to be performed."
- ClassicalSource.com

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Messiah: Part I  
1
No 1. Sinfonia
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:44
2
No 2. Comfort ye my people
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:59
3
No 3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:34
4
No 4. And the glory of the Lord
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:45
5
No 5. Thus saith the Lord
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:30
6
No 6. But who may abide the day of His coming?
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
4:17
7
No 7. And He shall purify
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:21
8
No 8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:23
9
No 9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto)
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:56
10
No 9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:43
11
No 10. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:26
12
No 11. The people that walked in darkness
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:10
13
No 12. For unto us a child is born
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
4:06
14
No 13. Pifa
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:08
15
Nos 14a-16. There were shepherds abiding in the field
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:54
16
No 17. Glory to God
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:39
17
No 18. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
4:38
18
No 19. Then shall the eyes of the blind
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:26
19
No 20. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
4:59
20
No 21. His yoke is easy
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:16
Messiah: Part II  
21
No 22. Behold the Lamb of God
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:28
22
No 23. He was despised
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
9:56
23
No 24. Surely He hath borne our griefs
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:20
24
No 25. And with His stripes we are healed
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:30
25
No 26. All we like sheep have gone astray
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
4:10
1
No 27. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:50
2
No 28. He trusted in God
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:28
3
No 29. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:26
4
No 30. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:26
5
No 31. He was cut off out of the land of the living
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:21
6
No 32. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:29
7
No 33. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:12
8
No 34. Unto which of the angels said He at any time
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:14
9
No 35. Let all the angels of God worship Him
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:26
10
No 36. Thou art gone up on high
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:22
11
No 37. The Lord gave the word
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:11
12
No 38. How beautiful are the feet
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:25
13
No 39. Their sound is gone out
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:36
14
No 40. Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:40
15
No 41. Let us break their bonds asunder
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:44
16
No 42. He that dwelleth in Heaven
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:16
17
No 43. Thou shalt break them
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:05
18
No 44. Hallelujah
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:44
Messiah: Part III  
19
No 45. I know that my Redeemer liveth
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
5:59
20
No 46. Since by man came death
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:18
21
No 47. Behold, I tell you a mystery
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:36
22
No 48. The trumpet shall sound
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
8:38
23
No 49. Then shall be brought to pass
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
0:18
24
No 50. O death, where is thy sting?
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
1:09
25
No 51. But thanks be to God
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
2:05
26
No 52. If God be for us
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
4:50
27
No 53a. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
3:27
28
No 53b. Amen
George Frideric Handel; Susan Gritton; Sara Mingardo; Mark Padmore; Alastair Miles; Tenebrae Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis
4:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:25:41
"Four Stars. Sir Colin Davis's way with Messiah is old-fashioned by present-day standards. His soloists are all good. The Tenebrae Choir proves near ideal for a performance on this sort of scale and their sheer neatness is a delight ... Davis motivates Handel's music with dynamism."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame ... the musicality in this set is terrific, the Tenebrae Choir a marvel to behold and the LSO playing like they never have. The soloists are outstanding ... a marvelous set by a man who knows the work perhaps better than anyone and can get to the heart and soul of Handel's celebrated score. Bravo!'
- Audiophile Audition

Recorded live in December 2006, this performance of Handel's Messiah is a showcase for the talents of the conductor, orchestra, choir and the superb soloists, notably tenor Mark Padmore. While no definitive version of the work exists, Davis draws from the various alternatives sanctioned by Handel on this recording.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – London Symphony Orchestra Studio Masters

Producer: James Mallinson
Casting consultant: Daniele Quilleri
Balance engineers: Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson, Classic Sound Ltd
Editors: Ian Watson and Jenni Whiteside, Classic Sound Ltd
Classic Sound Ltd recording, editing and mastering facilities
Recorded live at the Barbican, London 10 and 12 December 2006

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