G F Handel, Choir & Orchestra Of Pro Christe - Easter Highlights From Messiah

Published Wednesday 28th September 2011
G F Handel, Choir & Orchestra Of Pro Christe - Easter Highlights From Messiah
G F Handel, Choir & Orchestra Of Pro Christe - Easter Highlights From Messiah

STYLE: Choral
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 106197-18323
LABEL: Classic Fox CFR0787
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2011-03-21
PRICE: £8.99

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Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

One does not need to be a prophet to predict that this type of release will soon be a thing of the past. If we want a compilation of the best bits from a longer work we will either visit our favourite digital music shop and download what we want or perhaps buy a good budget complete 'Messiah' (several of which are reviewed elsewhere on this site) and make our own selection. Be that as it may, this compilation is taken from the complete 'Messiah' released by the same label (CFR0848) which was, in its turn, a re-issue of an earlier recording on the Guild label. Curiously, the 'Complete' set included a bonus CD of "essential highlights" numbering 10 tracks whereas this 'Easter Highlights' has 19 and does represent a good selection of the best bits from an indispensable work. Conductor Timothy Dean takes some of the solos too slowly for my taste but the choral sections are well done and "Hallelujah!" never fails to raise our spirits.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Behold The Lamb Of God [Listen]
2. He Was Despised And Rejected Of Men [Listen]
3. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs [Listen]
4. And With His Stripes We Are Healed [Listen]
5. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray [Listen]
6. All They That See Him [Listen]
7. He Trusted In God [Listen]
8. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart [Listen]
9. Behold And See [Listen]
10. He Was Cut Off Out Of The Land Of The Living [Listen]
11. But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell [Listen]
12. Lift Up Your Heads [Listen]
13. How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Them [Listen]
14. Hallelujah! [Listen]
15. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth [Listen]
16. Since By Man Came Death [Listen]
17. Behold I Tell You A Mystery [Listen]
18. The Trumpet Shall Sound [Listen]
19. Worthy Is The Lamb - Amen [Listen]

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Product Description

Be moved and inspired by these essential Easter highlights from Handelís Messiah, the most enduring work of Christian choral music ever written. Experience the Easter journey from the Passion to the Cross and Resurrection, culminating in the great song of praise around the Heavenly throne Worthy is the Lamb, and the triumphant Amen!

This famous Oratorio has been performed every year since its composition in 1741 and is presented here with choir, soloists, and full orchestra.

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