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Amazing price for one of the most amazing pieces ever written!

I had a CD of the "Best of Handel's Messiah" (like one could really choose the "best of" with a piece of this caliber!) Before I decided to plop $45+ on the complete CD I decided to check what it was going for on iTunes. To my surprise it was only $3.99?! I thought there was a mistake so I downloaded it because it's only 4 bucks if here was some mistake. I am very happy to say this is the real thing in its entirety! Recorded by the London Philharmonic, one of the best orchestras in the world, the performance is top notch and inspiring. Handel actually wrote this oratorio while he was living in London, so I feel that this interpretation remains true to Handel’s vision. My only quip is the recording quality is a little hissy... barely noticeable on louder movements, but it is there in the quieter ones... however that one minus point does not detract from the overall value (aka. steal) of this piece. get your copy of this Christmas classic today!

Times have changed

This is a rather tired version of Handel’s oratorio performed by a fully employed London Philharmonic Orchestra. This is definitely NOT a version for lovers of the early music movement. The recording is peculiar because the balance is such that you may think you are actually sitting inside the harpsichord, the only period instrument to be found here among the 101 welling violins. This recording should be purchased if only to remind us how greatly musical tastes have changed in the past 20 years. A better bet would be to spend the extra cash for Christopher Hogwood’s, 1991 pioneering recording with the beautiful Carolyn Watkinson, soprano and a proportioned orchestra with period instruments. Better yet, why not spring for “Hogwood Conducts Handel’s Oratorios” and discover some additional music you may find just as moving and lovely!

Well done, and the impossibly low?

I don't understand how it is that the price is so low, but even if it were closer to twenty, it would still be worth it. Buy the entire Orchestration, and listen to it the way it was meant to be heard...Excellent buy!! *Edit* for the person who made the statement that there was no choir...he obviously did not buy or even sample the album. There is a choir!! So there are no excuses! Buy it!

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