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    "Why do the nations...."


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    “He shall feed his flock” ... in the version for alto and soprano. The point where the soprano enters just does something to me. Such a simple thing when you look at the score, but when you hear it ... words just fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    If I were you, I'd persevere with the whole thing, using your favourite bits as milestones along the way. Messiah is such a magnificent work overall, I'm sure the rest will grow on you.
    It certainly has. I am now at the stage of trying to identify my least favourite parts as there is so much to like, picking a favourite is too hard.

    I can happily give The people that walked in darkness a miss...

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    I really like the alto parts when sung by an alto and not a countertenor!
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    The whole thing, but in the black metal version, where the Hallelujah chorus is performed in a minor key and prestissimo and the libretto has been corrected (“the King of Gory shall come in”, “The Lord of Ghosts”, etc.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agur Kesalat View Post
    The whole thing, but in the black metal version, where the Hallelujah chorus is performed in a minor key and prestissimo and the libretto has been corrected (“the King of Gory shall come in”, “The Lord of Ghosts”, etc.).
    you need to post again.....
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    "The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised..." never fails to move me deeply. Here are my two favorite versions (& you'll need to turn up your volume, to get the full effect):




    As does the "Hallelujah" chorus, and especially in concert when members of the audience stand up. The first time I heard Messiah in concert, I wasn't expecting it, as I didn't know that standing during the "Hallelujah" chorus was a tradition. I found it very moving.



    For me, the question of the greatest choral work composed after the Renaissance? becomes a debate between Bach's Mass in B minor and Handel's Messiah. Though others may bring the St. Matthew Passion into the discussion, or Handel's 4 Coronation Anthems, or Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, or Mozart's Requiem or Mass in C minor, K. 427, etc., for me, there is no third.
    Last edited by Josquin13; Feb-20-2018 at 19:08.

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    The Trumpet Shall Sound of course!

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    I know that my Redeemer liveth

    Because he does!

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    For unto us a child is born

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    Ian Bostridge - "Every valley shall be exalted"
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    My favourite bit of The Messiah currently is 'He was despised' sung by a beautiful counter-tenor voice.
    O rare Alfred Deller!
    This performance is just so moving - a feast of reflective emotion.

    ~ Mollie ~
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    The Messiah: "How Beautiful Are the Feet" (Air)
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZJovicic View Post
    For unto us a child is born
    Based on Handel's Italian cantata "No, di voi non vo' fidarmi":



    If you skip forward to the third section, you'll also find the prototype of "All We Like Sheep", and a pre-echo of the "For ever and ever, Hallelujah, Hallelujah" sections of Messiah's most famous chorus.

    Direct link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR7X4...youtu.be&t=220

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    Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the death.
    For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
    nr 41

    This short chorale of only 2 minutes (HIP provided) is the essence of the work for me, the way death and resurrection is put to music is the highlight of the Messiah.
    Last edited by NLAdriaan; Jul-22-2019 at 12:33.

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