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Movement 18 of Handel’s Messiah is a dramatic and involved aria for soprano. A fast major-key beginning and end require virtuosic singing, and the slow minor-key middle section gives the singer lots of room to be expressive. Orchestral direction reflects the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording.

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Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 265 user reviews.

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

This well-known soprano aria is movement 52 of the Messiah. Follows Handel’s original orchestral score. A beautiful number for solo performance.

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Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 290 user reviews.

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

Movement 17 from Handel’s Messiah, this is a joyous SATB chorus, complete with trumpets, woodwinds, strings, and harpsichord. The text of “peace on Earth, goodwill towards men” is perfect for Christmas. Orchestral direction reflects the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording. Includes mvmnt. 16 (an 8-measure soprano recitative) as an introduction.

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Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 178 user reviews.

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

This soprano recitative comprises movements 14 and 15 of Handel’s Messiah. It tells of the angel of God appearing to the shepherds. Very slow and rubato, with timings carefully matched to the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording.

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Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 based on 218 user reviews.

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

An upbeat acoustic version of this classic Easter hymn played by praise band and orchestra. Bright and happy, perfect for Easter morning.

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Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 158 user reviews.

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

The twelfth movement in Handel’s Messiah is a joyous SATB chorus celebrating Christ’s birth. The vocal parts alternate between quiet sections of imitative polyphony and strong sections of heroic union fanfares. All parts match Handel’s original score, and orchestral direction is similar to the well-known recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Average Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 268 user reviews.

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

A celebratory contemporary pop rock version of the popular Easter hymn. Catchy, danceable, and happy. Three verses included, with a 4-measure interlude between each verse.

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Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 240 user reviews.

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

Movement thirteen in Handel’s Messiah is the only purely instrumental movement, without any singing at all. It’s useful as an interlude, contemplative moment, or during an intermission. The title “Pifa” suggests shepherds’ music played traditionally at Christmas by the Italian “pifferare” (pipers or shepherds).

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Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 222 user reviews.