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Handel: Messiah - Alexander Young (tenor); Colin Tilney (harpsichord); Colin Tilney (organ); Justino Diaz (bass); Margaret Price (soprano);...
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  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
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While Johannes Somary's 1970 Vanguard recording of Handel's Messiah provides an early example of authentic period re-creation -- it is a complete performance of the 1966 Watkins Shaw edition, with pared-down choral and orchestral forces, appropriate ornamentation, and a continuo alternating between harpsichord and organ -- it sounds a little stilted and awkward by contemporary standards. The rhythms have more than enough snap, and Somary's tempos are respectably brisk, but the Amor Artis Chorale and the English Chamber ...

Handel: Messiah 2006, Vanguard

UPC: 699675196929