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Excellent Recording

This is one of the finest versions of Handel’s "Messiah" currently available. John Eliot Gardiner does not utilize a large-scale orchestra or chorus and his speeds tend to be light and fast. The soloists and chorus sing very well and are of high caliber. Those looking for a high quality performance and a great recording, look no further.

Messiah the way it was intended

If you're looking for a massive chorus with a huge sound keep looking. If you want a beautiful sound for a chorus the size Handel intended, this is the album for you. Messiah was commissioned by a community chorus in Dublin. Handel wrote it for a chorus of around 30 singers. Tastes in music changed in subsequent years to favor more and more singers until we now have hundreds of singers which can make a dramatic and stirring timbre. Consistent with other recordings from Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir, this recording strives for a more historically accurate interpretation.

Gardiner is a genious!!!

I've heard many versions of Handel's Messiah, but this one is by far the best one ever!! John Eliot Gardiner is the best!!!


Formed: 1978

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although the English Baroque Soloists was officially established as a chamber ensemble of period instruments in 1978, the group actually gave its first concert at the 1977 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, in a performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea. Founded by John Eliot Gardiner, the group regularly performs throughout England and Europe. It has given a number of concerts in two London halls, the Barbican and St. John's Smith Square. The English Baroque Soloists drew many of their original members...
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