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    Emma Kirkby singing "But Who May Abide... / ...Refiners Fire"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonNZ View Post
    Emma Kirkby singing "But Who May Abide... / ...Refiners Fire"
    I prefer the Dublin version, this recit. and aria was originally written for bass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    I prefer the Dublin version, this recit. and aria was originally written for bass.
    All the good solo parts should be sung by contraltos - as long as they are Ferrier.
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    I enjoy the whole thing, it is always an occasion to go to a performance of it, well, some performances at any rate! I played the piano once accompanying a very elderly choir who performed the Hallelujah Chorus. Not an experience that I shall easily forget, try as I might!
    On records, Isobel Baillie singing "I know that my redeemer liveth" on the 1946 Sargent set is one of the most beautiful sounds ever made by a voice on record. I do love the tremendous wallop of the choruses on the 1959 Beecham set- Jon Vickers is outstanding on that too. A friend of mine who is studying music at Goldsmith's told me he always found much of the Messiah insipid- I got him the Beecham set, he doesn't now! One more that sprang to mind, and I dug it out and played it just to be certain that memory wasn't gilding the lily, is Peter Dawson's recording of "Why Do The Nations". A splendidly vigorous account, and Dawson's breath control is phenomenal. (Whilst I'd got that record out, I also played his recording of "Oh! My Warriors" from Elgar's "Caractacus"- that's superb too!)
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    'Thou shalt break them' sung by Jon Vickers

    'He was despised' sung by Janet Baker

    Hallelujah in the Beecham version!
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    That's a very hard question. I like the entire work a lot! If I had to pick a favorite section, It would have to be the section with the Soprano singing "There were shepherds abiding in the field", "and lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them", "and the angel said unto them", "and suddenly there was with the angel", and the Chorus "Glory to got in the highest".

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    Carolyn Watkinson's deeply emotional 'He was despised' in Christopher Hogwood's Messiah. For overall admiration from note to note I can't stop wondering about Paul McCreesh translucently conducting the Messiah:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    I prefer the Dublin version, this recit. and aria was originally written for bass.
    I have a Dublin Messiah (Dunedin Consort) and it is wonderful. I have been listening to my others (The Sixteen, Westenburg, and the Higgenbottom) and am finding that the Dublin version has perhaps spoiled me. There seems to be a little less formal edge to the Dublin version which makes it very beautiful to listen to. When I listen to the others now, they seem overly ornate.
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    Another part of Handel's Messiah that I love is "lift up your heads o ye gates".


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    I have been revisiting the version conducted by by Pinnock. It is really splendid. HIP but with enough to bring off the big moments.

    Try Arleen Auger in I know that my redeemer liveth.

    Or Tomlinson in The trumpet shall sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I have been revisiting the version conducted by by Pinnock. It is really splendid. HIP but with enough to bring off the big moments.

    Try Arleen Auger in I know that my redeemer liveth.

    Or Tomlinson in The trumpet shall sound.
    To excellent choices! The Pinnock version is by far my favorite. Both Auger and Tomlinson are really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallPaul View Post
    Mine is "Worthy of the Lamb" (the Amen Chorus). Maybe it's two parts, but is usually on a single track together:

    So often the Hallelujah Chorus gets the limelight, but this Amen Chorus is absolutely beautiful.
    (tried to post the image of the CD but not working) It's likely the English Concert & Choir. Pinnock.
    I came in to post this, only to find it had already been posted by the OP.

    I had the pleasure of seeing The English Concert and Choir themselves under Harry Bicket play Messiah on Tuesday. This last chorus is simply beautiful.

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    "O thou that tellest good tidings Arise, shine" - aria followed by chorus.

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