Haïm, Emmanuelle

Handel: Messiah

2CD
28 Oct 2014

Barcode: 0825646240555

Composer: Georg Friedrich Handel
Other participants: Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, Andrew Staples, Christopher Purves

Following several acclaimed albums of Handel’s operatic and choral masterpieces (including a triumphant Giulio Cesare with Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra and the oratorio La Resurrezione with British soprano Kate Royal), French harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm at last brings her fresh, expressive approach to Messiah. Joining her on a musically and spiritually uplifting journey for this long-awaited recording is Haïm’s own choir and period-instrument orchestra, Le Concert d’Astrée, with four of the UK’s finest Handelian singers. Having begun her career as a brilliant harpsichordist and protegee of Baroque pioneers William Christie and Christophe Rousset, Haïm has a long history with Messiah. She is invited regularly to conduct the work in France (this album was recorded during performances at the Opéra de Lille in December 2013) and the United States – as in 2012 with the New York Philharmonic. For this complete recording, Haïm opted for an intimate Baroque sound, without reducing the power and impact of this perennial seasonal favourite. “I made the choice of four British singers, with a single countertenor rather than two altos – the configuration used in 1752 at Covent Garden,” she explains.

“The vocal ornamentation, as sung by the outstanding solo quartet...sounds entirely stylish and idiomatic...Haïm’s choir for this work, too, comprises mainly native English-speakers, and it shows in their trenchant diction. Their Hallelujah is magnificent...One of the most dramatic and exciting Messiahs in recent memory.” (The Financial Times)

"This is definitely a Messiah worth listening to; lively and varied, it really is a new injection of life into an old favourite work and a recording that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any of the existing benchmarks." (Presto Classical)

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: Grave - Allegro moderato  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
02 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Comfort ye my people" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
03 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Ev'ry valley shall be exalted" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
04 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
05 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Thus saith the Lord of Hosts" (Bass)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
06 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "But who may abide the day of His coming?" (Alto)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
07 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And he shall purify" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
08 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" (Alto)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
09 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" (Alto, Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
10 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "For behold, darkness shall cover the earth" (Bass)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
11 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "The people that walked in darkness" (Bass)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
12 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "For unto us a child is born" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
13 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: Larghetto e mezzo piano  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
14 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "There were shepherds abiding in the field" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
15 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
16 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And the angel said unto them" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
17 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "And suddenly there was with the angel" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
18 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Glory to God in the highest" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
19 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
20 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd" (Alto)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
21 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "He shall feed His flock like a shepherd" (Alto, Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
22 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 1: "His yoke is easy, His burthen is light" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
23 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Behold the Lamb of God" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
24 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He was despised" (Alto)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
25 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "The trumpet shall sound" (Bass)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
26 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Then shall be brought to pass the saying" (Alto)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
27 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "O death, where is thy sting?" (Alto, Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
28 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "But thanks be to God" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
29 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
30 Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain" - Amen (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
Disc 2 
01 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Surely He hath borne our griefs" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
02 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "And with His stripes we are healed" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
03 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "All we, like sheep, have gone astray" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
04 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
05 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He trusted in God" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
06 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Thy rebuke hath broken His heart" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
07 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
08 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He was cut off out of the land of the living" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
09 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
10 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Lift up your heads, O ye gates" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
11 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Unto which of the angels said He at any time" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
12 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Let all the angels of God worship Him" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
13 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Thou art gone up on high" (Alto)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
14 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "The Lord gave the word" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
15 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "How beautiful are the feet" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
16 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Their sound is gone out into all lands" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
17 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Why do the nations so furiously rage together" (Bass)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
18 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Let us break their bonds asunder" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
19 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "He that dwelleth in heaven" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
20 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron" (Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
21 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 2: "Hallelujah!" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
22 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "I know that my Redeemer liveth" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
23 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Since by man came death" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
24 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Behold, I tell you a mystery" (Bass)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
25 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "The trumpet shall sound" (Bass)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
26 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Then shall be brought to pass the saying" (Alto)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
27 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "O death, where is thy sting?" (Alto, Tenor)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
28 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "But thanks be to God" (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
29 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Soprano)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 
30 Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Part 3: "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain" - Amen (Chorus)  - Emmanuelle Haïm 


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