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Handel Messiah… The 250th Anniversary Performance

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"Inspiring, lively and authentic"
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If I were to have only one version of Hanel's ‘Messiah’ this would be it. Performed in Dublin for the 250th anniversary of its first performance in that city this is both a commemoration and a celebration and is performed with enthusiasm and integrity by all concerned. Under Sir Neville Marriner's expert direction ‘Messiah’ retains a liveliness and freshness that makes for compelling listening and viewing. It makes use of authentic instruments and vocal embellishments and all performers show a commitment to imbuing this masterpiece with the depth of understanding that the text demands. There are moments of sheer drama as in the chorus “Since by man came death” where the awe and sombreness are shattered with the words “By man came also the resurrecion of the dead” sung with such conviction that would have surely pleased Handel. Soloists are uniformly good and the orchestra plays with alacrity and a refreshing liveliness of tempo where appropriate. Words are clear and crisp and if there was one word to sum up the performance it would be: commitment. Commitment to all that Handel intended and which makes “Messiah” the timeless masterpiece it is.

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Includes :- -"For Ever and Ever" introductory film This famous 1992 performance of Handel's great masterpiece was filmed at the Point Theatre, Dublin, on the 250th anniversary of the work's premiere, which took place in Dublin on 13 April 1742. The occasion was marked by a celebratory performance, staged in a specially-decorated Point Theatre in Dublin, commemorating the fact that the first-ever performance took place in that city of 13 April 1742. In the presence of such dignatories as Mary Robinson (then President of Ireland) and Bob Geldof, the performance was given by Sir Neville Marriner and his legendary Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, supporting an international line-up of soloists - Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jerry Hadley, Michael Chance and Robert Lloyd. Broadcast live around the world, the event was also taped for home video release. Since that occasion, both the CD and VHS have been best-selling releases, and now for the first time, this performance is available on DVD, benefitting from much enhanced picture quality, the addition of surround sound and the ability to select favourite tracks via DVD chaptering. The performance is supported by an informative background film "For Ever and Ever", explaining the circumstances behind the composition and the work's early impact, and featuring contributions from the popular Handel scholar, Professor H.C. Robbins Landon, as well as from Sir Neville Marriner himself. Accompanying the performance is the introductory film "For Ever and Ever", featuring Sir Neville Marriner and Professor Robbins Landon.
Release date NZ
April 20th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
156
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Genre
  • Musical
UPC
44007043295
Product ID
1517611

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