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Handel: Messiah

Jurgen Budday

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This live German recording of Messiah is based on a manuscript Handel marked up for a performance of the work in Dublin, adding a variety of new dynamic markings and ensemble indications. There's no reason to regard it as quite the definitive version of the work that it is proposed to be by the booklet here; it can equally well be considered an experiment on Handel's part in dealing with the new stylistic currents of his day. For listeners unfamiliar with it, this version carries quite a few surprises. Sampling merely the beginning of the "Hallelujah" chorus, CD 2, track 16, is enough to give the listener an idea of what he or she is getting into as the usually muscular entrance of the choir contracts to a quiet, angelic effect. The work becomes much more varied in texture and a good deal less monumental overall. It would nevertheless be a shame if this recording were pigeonholed among the Dublin versions, for it has a good deal to offer any Messiah listener. Billed as an uncut, historically informed performance, this recording becomes, in the hands of conductor Jürgen Budday, a nice fusion of the immediate feel of the best historical performances (aided by fine live engineering in the impressive, sonically clear spaces of Germany's Maulbronn Monastery) with a rich, more conventional sound from a good-sized German choir, the Maulbronner Kammerchor. The combination of German choristers who render the word "of" as "uff" with veteran anglophone soloists is a little odd, but not seriously distracting, and Budday gives the soloists a chance to stretch out in the recitatives. Collectively the performers capture the different strands of Handel's experience -- operatic, English Protestant, solo-oriented, and instrumetnal -- that he brought to bear on this magnificent work, and they produce a rich Messiah of unusually strong impact. The live recording has a few flaws, but they are more than overcome by the edge thus generated. Notes are in German and English, but the text is in English only.
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Messiah, HWV 56 (Bible - New Testament)

1
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Symphony
00:03:13

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

2
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: Comfort ye my people, saith your God (Tenor)
00:03:10

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

3
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Aria: Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
00:03:24

Christopher Purves, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

4
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)
00:02:27

Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

5
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts (Bass)
00:01:24

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

6
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)
00:04:33

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Michael Chance, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

7
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: And He shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus) – Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son (Alto)
00:02:40

Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Chance, Performer - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

8
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Aria: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto, Chorus)
00:05:28

Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

9
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people (Bass)
00:02:12

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

10
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Aria: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (Bass)
00:03:31

Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

11
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: For unto a child is born (Chorus)
00:03:47

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

12
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Pifa – Recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field (Soprano)
00:02:58

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

13
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (Soprano) – Recitative: And the angel said unto them: Fear not (Soprano)
00:00:53

Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

14
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Accompagnato: And suddenly there was with the angel (Soprano)
00:00:16

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

15
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)
00:01:53

Christopher Purves, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Michael Chance, Performer - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

16
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano) - Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Alto)
00:04:34

Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

17
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Duet: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Alto, Soprano)
00:05:40

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

18
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: His yoke is easy and His burthen is light (Chorus)
00:02:17

Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

19
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)
00:02:59

Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

20
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Alto)
00:11:06

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

21
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows! (Chorus)
00:02:03

Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

22
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: And with His stripes we are healed (Chorus)
00:01:55

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

23
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)
00:04:18

Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

DISC 2

1
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Accompagnato: All they that see Him Laugh Him to scorn (Tenor)
00:00:44

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

2
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Chorus)
00:02:20

Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Michael Chance, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

3
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor)
00:02:25

Christopher Purves, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

4
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I: Arioso: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (Tenor)
00:01:39

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Miriam Allan, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

5
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Accompagnato: He was cut off out of the land of the living (Tenor)
00:00:20

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

6
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Aria: But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell (Tenor)
00:01:54

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

7
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Lift up your heads (Chorus) - Unto which of the angels said He at any time (Tenor)
00:03:29

Miriam Allan, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

8
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Let all the angels of God worship Him (Chorus)
00:01:23

Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

9
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Aria: Thou art gone up high (Bass)
00:03:25

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

10
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: The Lord gave the word (Chorus)
00:01:09

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

11
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Aria: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace (Soprano)
00:02:06

Miriam Allan, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

12
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Their sound is gone out into all lands (Chorus)
00:01:31

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

13
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Aria: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Bass)
00:02:40

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

14
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus) - He hath dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn (Tenor)
00:01:51

Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

15
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor)
00:02:05

Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

16
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Hallelujah! (Chorus)
00:03:40

Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

17
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)
00:05:55

Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Michael Chance, Performer - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

18
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Since by man came death (Chorus)
00:02:11

Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

19
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)
00:00:45

Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

20
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass) - Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written (Alto)
00:09:05

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

21
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Duet: O Death, where is thy sting (Alto, Tenor)
00:01:06

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Miriam Allan, Performer - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

22
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: But thanks be to God (Chorus)
00:02:19

Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

23
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Aria: If God be for us, who can be against us? (Soprano)
00:04:54

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

24
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)
00:03:38

Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

25
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: Amen (Chorus)
00:04:11

Jürgen Budday, Conductor - Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Orchestra - Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Choir - Christopher Purves, Performer - Mark Le Brocq, Performer - Michael Chance, Performer - Miriam Allan, Performer - Bible - New Testament, Composer - George Frideric Handel, Composer

2011 K&K Verlagsanstalt

Album Description

This live German recording of Messiah is based on a manuscript Handel marked up for a performance of the work in Dublin, adding a variety of new dynamic markings and ensemble indications. There's no reason to regard it as quite the definitive version of the work that it is proposed to be by the booklet here; it can equally well be considered an experiment on Handel's part in dealing with the new stylistic currents of his day. For listeners unfamiliar with it, this version carries quite a few surprises. Sampling merely the beginning of the "Hallelujah" chorus, CD 2, track 16, is enough to give the listener an idea of what he or she is getting into as the usually muscular entrance of the choir contracts to a quiet, angelic effect. The work becomes much more varied in texture and a good deal less monumental overall. It would nevertheless be a shame if this recording were pigeonholed among the Dublin versions, for it has a good deal to offer any Messiah listener. Billed as an uncut, historically informed performance, this recording becomes, in the hands of conductor Jürgen Budday, a nice fusion of the immediate feel of the best historical performances (aided by fine live engineering in the impressive, sonically clear spaces of Germany's Maulbronn Monastery) with a rich, more conventional sound from a good-sized German choir, the Maulbronner Kammerchor. The combination of German choristers who render the word "of" as "uff" with veteran anglophone soloists is a little odd, but not seriously distracting, and Budday gives the soloists a chance to stretch out in the recitatives. Collectively the performers capture the different strands of Handel's experience -- operatic, English Protestant, solo-oriented, and instrumetnal -- that he brought to bear on this magnificent work, and they produce a rich Messiah of unusually strong impact. The live recording has a few flaws, but they are more than overcome by the edge thus generated. Notes are in German and English, but the text is in English only.
© TiVo

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