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Messiah: O Death, Where is Thy Sting? (Handel)

October 28th, 2009 Comments off

A flowing duet for alto and tenor leads into a glorious SATB chorus thanking God. This track comprises movements 50 and 51 of the Messiah. Orchestral accompaniment is from Handel’s original score.

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Messiah: Then Shall Be Brought to Pass (Handel)

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Movement 49 of Handel’s Messiah is a short alto recitative, setting the tone (and the key) for the alto-tenor duet that follows it (O Death, Where is Thy Sting?)

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Messiah: The Trumpet Shall Sound (Handel)

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A majestic, triumphant aria for bass, featuring solo trumpet and full orchestral accompaniment. Movement 48 of Handel’s Messiah, it speaks of the end of the world: how the dead will be raised, and the mortal will become immortal. Quite lengthy, as practically the entire four-minute aria is repeated after a short interlude.

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Messiah: Behold, I Tell You a Mystery (Handel)

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Movement 47 of Handel’s Messiah is a bass recitative that serves as a noble and grand introduction to the bass aria “The Trumpet Shall Sound”.

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Messiah: Since By Man Came Death (Handel)

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A dramatic SATB chorus, movement 46 of Handel’s Messiah. Extremely slow and quiet sections describing death alternate with loud, upbeat sections describing resurrection. For this recording, organ quietly doubles the vocal parts in the a capella sections.

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Messiah: Thou Shalt Break Them (Handel)

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A forceful, exciting aria for tenor, with lyrics describing God’s wrath towards those who work against him. Orchestral direction follows the London Philharmonic recording. Movement 43 of Handel’s Messiah, this aria occurs immediately before the famed Hallelujah Chorus.

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Messiah: He That Dwelleth in Heaven (Handel)

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A brief tenor recitative, accompanied by harpsichord and strings. Movement 42 of Handel’s Messiah, this functions as a short introduction to the tenor aria “Thou Shalt Break Them”.

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Messiah: Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder (Handel)

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M ovement 41 of Handel’s Messiah is a lively, energetic SATB chorus. Imitative parts and frequent modulations present an interesting challenge for any choir. One measure has been added to the beginning to establish tempo and key.

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Messiah: Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage? (Handel)

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An exciting aria for bass soloist, movement 40 of the Messiah. Furiously bowing strings mirror the nations and kings in the lyrics, which “furiously rage together”.

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Messiah: Their Sound is Gone Out (Handel)

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A strong, energetic SATB chorus, movement 39 of the Messiah is fairly brief. Forte all the way through, it makes a good concert opener. The orchestra follows Handel’s original score.

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