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G.F. HANDEL: Arias from the Oratorio Messiah

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George Frideric Handel
Arias from the Oratorio Messiah

Art Movie by Josef-Stefan Kindler after and with
Arias from Handel's English Oratorio "Messiah" HWV 56,
performed live by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor, Altus),
the Maulbronn Chamber Choir and the Hanoverian Court Orchestra
at Maulbronn Monastery (Germany). Conductor: Jürgen Budday

6 Chapters · Runtime: c. 33 Minutes


Chapters & Tracklist

1. For Unto Us A Child Is Born
Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Jürgen Budday (Conductor)

2. Pastoral Symphony (Pifa) - And Lo, The Angel Of The Lord Came Upon Them
Accompagnato Soprano
Miriam Allan (Soprano), Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Jürgen Budday (Conductor)

3. And Suddenly There Was With The Angel - Glory To God In The Highest, And Peace On Earth
Miriam Allan (Soprano), Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Jürgen Budday (Conductor)

4. He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd
Michael Chance (Countertenor, Altus), Miriam Allan (Soprano),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Jürgen Budday (Conductor)

5. He Was Despised And Rejected Of Men
Michael Chance (Countertenor, Altus), Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Jürgen Budday (Conductor)

6. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
Miriam Allan (Soprano), Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Jürgen Budday (Conductor)

Work(s) & Performance


he music recording (live) of this movie is part of a cycle of oratorios and masses, performed in the basilica of Maulbronn Abbey under the direction of Jürgen Budday. The series combines authentically performed oratorios and masses with the optimal acoustics and atmosphere of this unique monastic church. This ideal location demands the transparency of playing and the interpretive unveiling of the rhetoric intimations of the composition, which is especially aided by the historically informed performance. The music is exclusively performed on reconstructed historical instruments, which are tuned to the pitch customary in the composer's lifetimes (this performance is tuned in a' = 415 Hz).

George Frideric Handel


vital aspect of Jürgen Budday's interpretation of George Frideric Handel's The Messiah, apart from matters of performance practice, is his focus on the work's dynamic conception. Dynamics are notated in the autograph manuscript, but Handel further annotated the Dublin score to mark the ripieno passages. By adding shifts in ensemble strength to the alternation of piano and forte, Handel evokes an ample measure of contrast and colour. Handel's dynamic indications in The Messiah go beyond the usual forte, piano and pianissimo to include mezzo piano and un poco piano, markings by which he intended an even finer differentiation. One would do well, when preparing a performance, to observe the ripieno indications in the Dublin score, as they are for the most part essential to Handel's dynamic conception. Examples in point include the arias Comfort ye (No. 2) and Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (No. 3); the choruses And the glory, the glory of the Lord (No. 4) and His yoke is easy, His burthen is light! (No. 18); as well as the beginning of the Hallelujah chorus (CD II, No. 16).

The Maulbronn interpretation takes this dynamic conception seriously and clearly differentiates solo and ripieno sections in the numbers just mentioned. This inevitably gives rise to novel and more subtle auditory impressions, for which the beginning of the Hallelujah chorus provides a clear example. Elsewhere, Handel's senza ripieno indications appear to have been motivated more by consideration of the technical inadequacies of his ripienisti, and therefore were not observed in the Maulbronn performance. The libretto and the music, each in itself and together as a whole, form a providential unity. The libretto, ascribed to Charles Jennens, is no mere compilation of Bible quotations, and Jennens made various changes to the wording of the selected text passages. In the course of successive performances, Handel composed variants of some of the arias to fit the immediate occasion or circumstances. For the Maulbronn performance, those variants were chosen that Handel himself is said to have preferred.

Series & Edition


ublishing Authentic Classical Concerts entails for us capturing and recording outstanding performances and concerts for posterity. The performers, audience, opus and room enter into an intimate dialogue that in its form and expression, its atmosphere, is unique and unrepeatable. It is our aim, the philosophy of our house, to enable the listener to acutely experience every facet of this symbiosis, the intensity of the performance, so we record the concerts in direct 2-Track Stereo digital HD. The results are unparalleled interpretations of musical and literary works, simply - audiophile snapshots of permanent value. Flourishing culture, enthralling the audience and last but not least also you the listener, are the values we endeavor to document in our editions and series.

The concerts at the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery supply the ideal conditions for our aspirations. It is, above all, the atmosphere of the romantic, candle-lit arches, the magic of the monastery in its unadulterated sublime presence and tranquillity that impresses itself upon the performers and audience of these concerts. Renowned soloists and ensembles from the international arena repeatedly welcome the opportunity to appear here - enjoying the unparalleled acoustic and architectural beauty of this World Heritage Site, providing exquisite performances of secular and sacred music, documented by us in our Maulbronn Monastery Edition.

Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler, K&K Verlagsanstalt


Beautiful... seems so effortless...

Irene Wells on YouTube


Absolutely beautiful

Guidance19 on YouTube


I purchased this CD just to hear this truly emotional song

I purchased this CD from Maulbronn as soon as it was issued just to hear this truly emotional song sung by the greatest interpreter of all time MICHAEL CHANCE. No other singer I know of can invest so much emotion into a song as Chance!

George Peabody on YouTube about "He was despised and rejected of men" from the Oratorio "Messiah&quot



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