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The Messiah Oratorio
Paul Daniel conducting
Boston 2008 [A Zootype Project, 3CD]

Live at the Symphony Hall, Boston, MA; December 07, 2008. Very good FM broadcast.


Friday’s performance at Symphony Hall, led by Paul Daniel, the latest in what seems an endless stream of British interpreters of genius and making his H&H debut, was billed on the tickets as “Magnificent Messiah.” It was really something else: “Intimate Messiah,” or “Chamber Messiah.” The approach was distinctive for its crisp tempos, range and variety of dynamics (the “Hallelujah” chorus started in almost a whisper), and careful and sometimes brilliant underlining of the text. “His yoke is easy” was sung as if it really was easy, and ended with a hush and ritard on the final words: “is light.” In “Their sound is gone out,” the chorus entered quietly and slowly, as if calling from the other side of the world just what was being represented. The evening was full of surprises…

When the accompaniment was light, the chorus’s soft and nimble singing often created a sparkling effect, as in “Lift up your heads, O ye gates.” At other points, he encouraged the orchestra to play all-out, and the chorus (small, at 33 members, three fewer than last year) was obscured to a degree behind the fiery screen on the accompaniment. “For unto us” suffered from this. The “Hallelujah” chorus ended in a hailstorm of timpani. The final “Amen” was another surprise - begun with a straight tone as if it were Gregorian chant, but without the vocal force at the climax to break open the gates of heaven.

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Thanks to Zootype; and to 1chucho for keeping the show alive at Dime.

The 155th consecutive annual performance of Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” by the oldest continuously performing arts group in the United States, who gave the first US performance of the Messiah in 1818.

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Disc 1
Part 1: The prophesy and realization of God’s plan to redeem mankind by the coming of the Messiah
Track 100. Part 1 radio intro 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 101. Sinfony 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 102. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God 2:54 (4.9MB)
Track 103. Ev’ry valley shall be exalted 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 104. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 105. Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts 1:23 (2.3MB)
Track 106. But who may abide the day of His coming 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 107. And He shall purify 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 108. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son 0:25 (709k)
Track 109. O thou that tellest good tidings 4:42 (7.9MB)
Track 110. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth 2:14 (3.8MB)
Track 111. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 112. For unto us a Child is born 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 113. Pifa - Sinfonia Pastorale 2:48 (4.7MB)
Track 114. There were shepherds abiding in the field 0:14 (388k)
Track 115. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them 0:19 (527k)
Track 116. And the angel said unto them Fear not 0:39 (1.1MB)
Track 117. And suddenly there was with the angel 0:16 (454k)
Track 118. Glory to God in the highest 1:53 (3.2MB)
Track 119. Rejoice greatly 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 120. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened 0:29 (818k)
Track 121. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 122. His yoke is easy, and his burden is light 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 123. Part 1 radio outro 0:30 (845k)
59 mins

Disc 2
Part 2: The accomplishment of redemption by the sacrifice of Jesus, mankind’s rejection of God’s offer, and mankind’s utter defeat when trying to oppose the power of the Almighty
Track 200. Part 2 radio intro 0:22 (610k)
Track 201. Behold the Lamb of God 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 202. He was despised and rejected of men 9:24 (15.8MB)
Track 203. Surely He hath borne our griefs 1:39 (2.8MB)
Track 204. And with His stripes we are healed 1:37 (2.7MB)
Track 205. And we like sheep have gone astray 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 206. All they that see Him laugh 0:36 (1.0MB)
Track 207. He trusted in God 2:04 (3.5MB)
Track 208. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart 1:45 (2.9MB)
Track 209. Behold, and see 1:33 (2.6MB)
Track 210. He was cut off out of the land of the living 0:14 (394k)
Track 211. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell 1:55 (3.2MB)
Track 212. Lift up your heads, O ye gates 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 213. Unto which of the angels said He 0:15 (415k)
Track 214. Let all the angels of God worship Him 1:22 (2.3MB)
Track 215. Thou art gone up on high 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 216. The Lord gave the word 1:11 (2.0MB)
Track 217. How beautiful are the feet of them 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 218. Their sound is gone out into all lands 1:26 (2.4MB)
Track 219. Why do the nations so furiously rage 2:32 (4.2MB)
Track 220. Let us break their bonds asunder 1:31 (2.5MB)
Track 221. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh 0:12 (347k)
Track 222. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron 1:49 (3.0MB)
Track 223. Hallelujah! 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 224. Part 2 radio outro 0:53 (1.5MB)
51 mins

Disc 3
Part 3: A Hymn of Thanksgiving for the final overthrow of Death
Track 300. Part 3 radio intro 0:24 (667k)
Track 301. I know that my Redeemer liveth 5:13 (8.8MB)
Track 302. Since by man came death 2:16 (3.8MB)
Track 303. Behold, I tell you a mystery 0:35 (974k)
Track 304. The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 305. Then shall be brought to pass the saying 0:16 (438k)
Track 306. O death, where is thy sting 2:48 (4.7MB)
Track 307. If God be for us, who can be against us 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 308. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 8:01 (13.5MB)
Track 309. Part 3 radio outro 4:03 (6.8MB)
33 mins

Handel and Haydn Society
Orchestra and Chorus
With soloists:
Kendra Colton: soprano
Paula Murrihy: mezzo-soprano
Brian Stucki: tenor
Brett Polegato: baritone

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  1. 5 Responses to “HANDEL’S MESSIAH - BOSTON 2008”

  2. Thanks for an incredible amount of great Music!

    Merry Christmas, Big O, and a happy New Year!

    By arusha on Dec 25, 2015

  3. That would be “Haydn”

    By tajackson on Dec 26, 2015

  4. Hello tajackson


    By bigozine2 on Dec 26, 2015

  5. I want to thank you for the variety this excellent recording represents. Happy New Year!

    By Mr T on Jan 3, 2016

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