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Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)

Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)

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Gramophone Award Winner 2007 Baroque Vocal. Linn Records is delighted to present 'Messiah', George Frideric Handel's most famous oratorio. This is the first recording to seriously explore the version and performing forces that Handel used for his legendary Dublin premiere. The research was carried out by the performer, director and lecturer John Butt and the performance recreated by the acclaimed choral group the Dunedin Consort. The Dublin version of 'Messiah' is unique in several important ways and the resultant Linn recording signifies an exciting and historically considered representation of 'Messiah' as enjoyed by the Dublin audience of 1742. The challenge in this recording was to try and recapture something of the freshness of the first public performances, imagining what it was like to hear the work for the very first time, when many moments must have been quite unexpected. The 'Nativity' section of this work, which includes the well-known chorus 'For Unto Us', makes this a timely release. 2006 marks the tenth anniversary of Dunedin Consort, an ensemble that 'has done so much to transform the vocal life of Scotland' (The Herald). The dynamic ensemble has rapidly established its presence in the artistic life of its home country, captivating audiences in venues throughout Scotland, from remote Highland churches to major concert halls. The consort has appeared on programmes on the BBC and BBC4 television and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland. The Consort recorded 'In The Beginning' (LINN CKD117), works by Copland and Barber, for LINN Records in 2003 (glowingly sung and recorded - The Daily Telegraph).

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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 2
    • Release Date:
    • Label: Linn Records
    • UPC/Barcode: 691062028523
    • Item Number: CKD285