Messiah: He Was Despised (Handel)
A slow, moving aria for alto, Movement 23 of Handel’s Messiah, describing Christ’s sorrows. Strings gently weep in the accompaniment. As the A section is over five minutes in length, Handel’s instructions to continue with a bridge and then repeat the A section in its entirety are rarely followed. This recording ends, like most, at the end of the A section; the bridge is available separately as Spiritrax 1209, “He Gave His Back to the Smiters”.