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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    The soprano was astonishingly good.

    Can you imagine attending a performance of Messiah and half the audience gets up to leave after "Rejoice"?
    That would be rather disruptive. Might give the soprano an inferiority complex.

    Hey, have you ever heard Rejoice sung by a tenor? The Higgenbottom Messiah is all male: Trebles (boys), countertenors, tenors and bass. There also are some other Messiah performances that have a tenor sing Rejoice and still have female voices in the whole production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    There also are some other Messiah performances that have a tenor sing Rejoice and still have female voices in the whole production.
    Yes. My favorite rendition of Rejoice was sung by a man: Roberto Sacca, with Helmuth Rilling conducting Bach-Collegium Stuttgart.

    In response to the original question of this thread, I will break my favorites up into 3 each of choruses and solos.

    The quality of the soloist makes or breaks a performance of a solo piece. For example, I have heard very few recordings of Why Do the Nations that I actually enjoyed. Almost none, actually. However, hearing Bryn Terfel tear through that piece with ease was one of my favorite Messiah experiences.

    These favorites lists will assume the performer(s) are top notch.

    Solos:
    - I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
    - He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd
    - The Trumpet Shall Sound

    Choruses:
    - Worthy is the Lamb & Amen
    - Surely He Hath Born Our Griefs
    - Behold the Lamb of God

    As a bass singer in Messiah performances, I have to say that All We Like Sheep and He Trusted in God were also very profound pieces to sing.

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    All the bass parts but especially 'The trumpet shall sound'

    I'm seeing it live by AAM in December and I hope that current director Richard Egarr has changed the way that the word 'incorruptible' is pronounced as Christopher Hogwood's pronunciation sounds very odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanCrusty View Post
    As a bass singer in Messiah performances, I have to say that All We Like Sheep and He Trusted in God were also very profound pieces to sing.
    When I sang Messiah for the first time as a teenager (I was a baritone with a high A-flat, so helped out the tenors occasionally), the bit that really choked me up was Worthy is the Lamb and the Amen chorus. My knees gave way during the bar's rest, so much so that my friends on either side had to hold me up whilst I blubbed my way through the last two Amens. I was totally overwhelmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    When I sang Messiah for the first time as a teenager (I was a baritone with a high A-flat, so helped out the tenors occasionally), the bit that really choked me up was Worthy is the Lamb and the Amen chorus. My knees gave way during the bar's rest, so much so that my friends on either side had to hold me up whilst I blubbed my way through the last two Amens. I was totally overwhelmed.
    That is one of my favorite parts. Like it way more than the Hallelujah chorus, perhaps partly because it has not been played to death like the latter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    That is one of my favorite parts. Like it way more than the Hallelujah chorus, perhaps partly because it has not been played to death like the latter.
    That was my experience also. Don't get me wrong - singing the Alleluja chorus was (and remains) a great thrill, but the Worthy/Amen choruses are something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    That was my experience also. Don't get me wrong - singing the Alleluja chorus was (and remains) a great thrill, but the Worthy/Amen choruses are something else.
    Just about every highlights set has the Alleluja chorus, but it is rare to find the Worthy/Amen chorus on a highlights set. Sadly, many folks are unaware of it.
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    I too love the Worthy Is the Lamb / Amen Chorus best ... Really looking forward to singing it again in December - with Richard Gill conducting (Aussies will know him!) in Lismore ... Haven't sung it for a few years, so it should be a blast!!

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    Aside from the overture, definitely the bass aria "The Trumpet Shall Sound." The Samuel Ramey recording of this is a such a classic; I listened to it on my way to church this evening.

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    My favorite part of the Messiah is the bass aria "Thus Saith the Lord." I love how the notes actually move in a "shaking" pattern for the line "I will shake all nations." Such a great example of word-painting!

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    Arleen Auger "He shall feed his flock" G. F. Händel
    Stunning voice.
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    Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive and following chorus are just wonderful.

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    He was despised

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    It's hard to say. The Messiah is written at such a high level of inspiration from start to finish! Delight follows delight.


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    I like the final "Amen".

    Not only is it great music, but it means I can finally get up soon and go to the men's room.
    Last edited by hpowders; Dec-25-2016 at 19:44.

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