Messiah - The Sixteen

The Sixteen: Handel Messiah


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Arguably the most famous oratorio ever written and certainly Handel’s best known work, Messiah needs little introduction. Composed in a staggering twenty-four days, Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 where it received a rapturous welcome. Not so the following year when it premiered in London to a distinctly hostile reception. It wasn’t until Messiah began to be presented in charity performances at the Foundling Hospital in London that the public started to embrace the work we now regard as Handel’s greatest composition.

On this disc The Sixteen and Harry Christophers are joined by four soloists all revered Handelians who have had a long association with The Sixteen.

Disc One:

  1. Part 1, Symphony
  2. Part 1, Comfort ye, my people (Accompagnato, Tenor)
  3. Part 1, Every valley shall be exalted (Air, Tenor)
  4. Part 1, And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)
  5. Part 1, Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (Accompagnato, Bass)
  6. Part 1, But who may abide? (Air, Alto)
  7. Part 1, And He shall purify (Chorus)
  8. Part 1, Behold a virgin shall conceive (Recitative, Alto)
  9. Part 1, O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Air, Alto – Chorus)
  10. Part 1, For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Accompagnato, Bass)
  11. Part 1, The people that walked in darkness (Air, Bass)
  12. Part 1, For unto us a child is born (Chorus)
  13. Part 1, Pastoral Symphony (Pifa)
  14. Part 1, There were shepherds abiding in the field (Recitative, Soprano)
  15. Part 1, And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (Accompagnato, Soprano)
  16. Part 1, And the angel said unto them: Fear not (Recitative, Soprano)
  17. Part 1, And suddenly there was with the angel (Accompagnato, Soprano)
  18. Part 1, Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)
  19. Part 1, Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Air, Soprano)
  20. Part 1, Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Recitative, Alto)
  21. Part 1, He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Air, Alto and Soprano)
  22. Part 1, His yoke is easy and His burthen is light (Chorus)
  23. Part 2, Behold the lamb of God (Chorus)
  24. Part 2, He was despised and rejected of men (Air, Alto)

Disc Two:

  1. Part 2, Surely He hath borne our griefs (Chorus)
  2. Part 2, And with His stripes we are healed (Chorus)
  3. Part 2, All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)
  4. Part 2, All they that see Him laugh Him (Accompagnato, Tenor)
  5. Part 2, He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Chorus)
  6. Part 2, Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Accompagnato, Tenor)
  7. Part 2, Behold and see if there be any sorrow (Arioso, Tenor)
  8. Part 2, He was cut off out of the land of the living (Accompagnato, Tenor)
  9. Part 2, But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell (Air, Tenor)
  10. Part 2, Lift up your heads, O ye gates (Chorus)
  11. Part 2, Unto which of the angels said He at any time (Recitative, Tenor)
  12. Part 2, Let all the angels of God worship Him (Chorus)
  13. Part 2, Thou art gone up on high (Air, Alto)
  14. Part 2, The Lord gave the word (Chorus)
  15. Part 2, How beautiful are the feet of them (Air, Soprano)
  16. Part 2, Their sound is gone out into all lands (Chorus)
  17. Part 2, Why do the nations so furiously rage together? (Air, Bass)
  18. Part 2, Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus)
  19. Part 2, He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn (Recitative, Tenor)
  20. Part 2, Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Air, Tenor)
  21. Part 2, Hallelujah! (Chorus)
  22. Part 3, I know that my redeemer liveth (Air, Soprano)
  23. Part 3, Since by man came death (Chorus)
  24. Part 3, Behold, I tell you a mystery (Accompagnato, Bass)
  25. Part 3, The trumpet shall sound (Air, Bass)
  26. Part 3, Then shall be bought to pass (Recitative, alto)
  27. Part 3, O Death, where is thy sting? (Duet, alto and tenor)
  28. Part 3, But thanks be to God (Chorus)
  29. Part 3, If God be for us, who can be against us? (Air, soprano)
  30. Part 3, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)
  31. Part 3, Amen (Chorus)
  32. Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba