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11 December 2005

Sunday 11 December 2005 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

Handel's Messiah is one of the most celebrated of all choral works - but it took several years to take up its rightful place in this country. Lucie Skeaping looks back at the history of the Messiah during Handel's lifetime and finds out why London's Foundling Hospital played such a significant part in establishing the Messiah's popularity.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Excerpts from Messiah performed by:

Judith Nelson, soprano
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Carolyn Watkinson, contralto
Paul Elliott, tenor
David Thomas, bass
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
The Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood, director



Sinfony

Comfort Ye
Every Valley shall be exalted

Thus saith the Lord
Who may abide the day of his coming

For unto us a child is born
Pifa
Recit
Glory to God

No, di voi no vo' fidarmi (1st movement)
Gillian Fischer
James Bowman
The King's Consort
Robert King, director


The Trumpet shall sound

Amen




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