Cologne Collection

Händel arr. Mozart: Der Messias KV 572

3 Feb 2014

Barcode: 5054196055523

Other participants: Monika Frimmer, Mechthild Georg, Christoph Prégardien, Stephan Schreckenberger, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max

In 1789 Mozart arranged George Frideric Handel's Messiah on behalf of a group of Viennese noblemen.He abridged the work in an effort to tauten the drama, transposed arias to suit his singers' abilities and he subjected it to a fundamental re-orchestration to adapt the sound of the work to the musical taste of his time. lt was not until the 20th century that the historical and musical value of Mozart's Messiah arrangement was reappraised. Mozart's interpretation of Handel's Counterpoint and his synthesis of Baroque and Classical stylistic elements give the work a compelling new sound.