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Messiah: The Complete Work

By John Rutter (Contributor)
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Record Label   Hendrickson Worship
Pages   24
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.78" Width: 5" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
ISBN  159856126X  
EAN  9781598561265  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  Part 1. Sinfonia
2.  Part 1. Comfort Ye, My People
3.  Part 1. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
4.  Part 1. And the Glory of the Lord
5.  Part 1. Thus Saith the Lord
6.  Part 1. But Who May Abide the Day of His Comi
7.  Part 1. And He Shall Purify
8.  Part 1. Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive
9.  Part 1. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Z
10.  Part 1. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the
11.  Part 1. The People That Walked in Darkness
12.  Part 1. For unto Us a Child Is Born
13.  Part 1. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
14.  Part 1. There Were Shepherds Abiding in the F
15.  Part 1. Glory to God
16.  Part 1. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
17.  Part 1. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be O
18.  Part 1. He Shall Feed His Flock / Come unto H
19.  Part 1. His Yoke Is Easy
20.  Part 2. Behold the Lamb of God
21.  Part 2. He Was Despised
22.  Part 2. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs
23.  Part 2. And with His Stripes We Are Healed
24.  Part 2. We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray
25.  Part 2. All They That See Him Laugh Him to Sc
26.  Part 2. He Trusted in God
27.  Part 2. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart
28.  Part 2. Behold, and See If There Be Any Sorro
29.  Part 2. He Was Cut Off Out of the Land of the
30.  Part 2. But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in
31.  Part 2. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates
32.  Part 2. Unto Which of the Angels
33.  Part 2. Let All the Angels of God Worship Him
34.  Part 2. Thou Art Gone Up on High
35.  Part 2. The Lord Gave the Word
36.  Part 2. How Beautiful Are the Feet
37.  Part 2. Their Sound Is Gone Out
38.  Part 2. Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage
39.  Part 2. He That Dwelleth in Heaven
40.  Part 2. Thou Shalt Break Them
41.  Part 2. Hallelujah
42.  Part 3. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
43.  Part 3. Since by Man Came Death
44.  Part 3. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery
45.  Part 3. The Trumpet Shall Sound
46.  Part 3. Then Shall Be Brought to Pass
47.  Part 3. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? / But Th
48.  Part 3. Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain / A

Item Description...
Combine the premier choral conductor of our time; his select chamber choir, the Cambridge Singers; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and Handel's timeless Baroque masterpiece and you have the ultimate musical celebration for Christmas or Easter! Remarkably, this breathtaking performance is Rutter's first recording of Messiah. Two CDs.Hendrickson Worship introduces a new recording of Handel's Messiah, from world-renowned conductor and composer John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers. Remarkably, this is the first time John Rutter has recorded the Messiah. Named on The Today Show as "the greatest living composer and conductor of choral music," Rutter is probably the most successful choral composer of his generation. Rutter's compositions are chiefly choral, and include Christmas carols, anthems, and extended works such as a Gloria and a Requiem.Messiah is being performed by the Cambridge Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by John Rutter. The soloists are Joanne Lunn, Melanie Marshall, James Gilchrist, and Christopher Purves.The 2-CD set includes a 24-page booklet with the text of Messiah and interspersed photos from the recording session at All Hallows Gospel Oak, London. "If you sing in a choir-church or choral society-it is a mathematical certainty that you will have sung something by John Rutter. Be it anthem, carol, hymn or his much-loved Requiem, John Rutter's [the] choral man who has given choirs music [that] is ubiquitous." Messiah, (1741), is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. It is his most famous creation and is among the most popular works in the Western choral literature. The name of the oratorio is taken from Judaism and Christianity's concept of the messiah ("the anointed one"). In Christianity, the Messiah is Jesus. Handel himself was a devout Christian, and the work is a presentation of Jesus's life and its significance according to Christian doctrine. Messiah is Handel's most famous work and remains immensely popular among concert-goers in the English-speaking world.Although the work was conceived and first performed for Easter, it has become traditional since Handel's death to perform the Messiah oratorio during Advent, the preparatory period of the Christmas season. The work is also heard at Eastertide, and selections containing resurrection themes are often included in Easter services.

Publishers Description
Hendrickson Worship introduces a new recording of Handel's Messiah, from world-renowned conductor and composer John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers. The CD includes a 24 page booklet with the text of Messiah and interspersed photos from the recording session, which took place at All Hallows Gospel Oak, London.

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A fine first-tier Messiah recommendation  Dec 29, 2007
As a fan of Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, I knew their take on Handel's Messiah was a natural for me. Although the sound of the Cambridge Singers has changed over the years, it has never lost its distinctive hallmarks, as on this recording. Rutter has a first-class group of young soloists, and I especially like the soprano and bass soloists. I know that Melanie Marshall might not be able to touch Anne Sofie von Otter's renditions of the alto parts on Pinnock's DG recording, but she gives a truly heartbreaking account of He was despised. Throughout, the tempi is brisk and bright, but yet the performance bubbles with conviction and commitment. Rutter also shines as a choral conductor, eliciting a superb overall sound from his choir and crafting avery nuance intricately in the manner of Robert Shaw. I think this would probably be one of my top dogs for Messiah, alongside Pinnock, Gardiner and the live Cleobury-King's College version.
Review of Rutter's Messiah recording  Dec 12, 2007
This is perhaps the most definitive interpretation of Messiah that I have ever heard. Bravo.
Best Messiah recording I have heard  Dec 11, 2007
John Rutter's recording of the Messiah is the best I have ever heard-- and I have heard many. The soloists have pure tone and precise pitch. The Cambridge Singers sing in balanced harmony and the choir blessedly lacks the shrillness and warble of some American choirs. Even John Rutter's program notes in the accompanying booklet are theologically sensitive and profound. The tenor soloist is particularly good. You will find this one the best Messiah recording you have heard.
A well-crafted performance.  Nov 14, 2007
John Rutter's elegant rendition of Handel's Messiah is terrific. Every selection is flawlessly performed. I truly appreciate the research behind the performance included in the liner notes. The solos are quite nice. I particularly enjoy "Rejoice greatly" and "How beautiful are the feet".
With only thirty singers, the Cambridge Singers are able to deliver this work in a light, buoyant way. Some performances of this work come across as too heavy and ponderous. Not so with Rutter at the podium. Joy exudes from every note.
This is a lyric masterpiece that I am sure will come to be the reference recording for performing groups all over the world.

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