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Handel: Messiah [2008 Recording] - Amanda Forsythe (soprano); Barry Bauguess (trumpet); Elizabeth Shammash (mezzo-soprano); Ian Honeyman (tenor);...
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  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
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In 1996, Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland-based Baroque orchestra that she founded, made a very fine recording of Messiah, but this 2010 album surpasses it in every way. Sorrell's treatment of the slow opening of the Sinfonia tips her hand about what her approach will be to the oratorio as a whole. Rather than playing the rhythm dotted, as written (ponderous) or double dotted, as it's usually interpreted by early music specialists (rigid and severe), she splits the difference and plays it as a triplet, ...