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Messiah
(Dublin, April 13, 1742)
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The following selections are from the recording of Handel's Messiah by Christopher Hogwood conducting the Academy of Ancient Music (Oiseau-Lyre 411858--2 [1984]). (Page numbers correspond to those printed on the top / left of the page in your sourcebook.)

Note that the numbering system here is coordinated with the one found in the Listening Guides provided for each part. Note also that some selections have both a recitative and an aria (or some such combniation), so the second of the two begins some time into the selection (so, for example, there is only one selection for the recitative "Comfort ye" and the aria "Ev'ry valley", and the latter starts about midway into the selection).

Part One [Listening Guide]
1.) Sinfony (Orchestra) (2:56) -- p. 1
2.) Recitative (Tenor): Comfort ye my people -- p. 6
3.) Aria (Tenor): Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (6:35)-- p. 8
4.) Chorus: And the glory of the Lord (2:50) -- p. 14
5.) Recitative (Bass): Thus saith the Lord of Hosts -- p. 21
6.) Aria (Soprano 2): But who may abide (5:31) -- p. 36
7.) Chorus, And he shall purify (2:42) -- p. 44
8.) Recitative (Alto), Behold a virgin shall conceive -- p. 50
9.) Aria (Alto) and Chorus, O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (6:14) -- p. 51
10.) Recitative (Bass), For behold darkness shall cover the earth -- p. 60
11.) Aria (Bass), The people that walked in darkness (5:36) -- p. 62
12.) Chorus, For unto us a child is born (4:14) -- p. 66
13.) Pifa (Orchestra) (0:52) -- p. 78
14a.) Recitative (Soprano 1), There were shepherds abiding in the field -- p. 79
14b.) Recitative (Soprano 1), And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them -- p. 79
15.) Recitative (Soprano 1), And the angel of the Lord said unto them -- p. 82
16.) Recitative (Soprano 1), And suddenly there was with the angel -- p. 83
17.) Chorus, Glory to God in the highest (3:21) -- p. 84
18.) Aria (Soprano 1), Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (4:09) -- p. 96
19.) Recitative (Soprano 1), Then shall the eyes of the blind -- p. 102
20.) Aria (Soprano 1), He shall feed his flock (5:03) -- p. 102
21.) Chorus, His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light (2:51) -- p. 112

Part Two [Listening Guide]
22.) Chorus, Behold the Lamb of God (2:18) -- p. 118
23.) Aria (Alto), He was despised and rejected (10:19) -- p. 122
24.) Chorus, Surely he hath borne our griefs -- p. 134
25.) Chorus, And with his stripes we are healed (3:56) -- p. 138
26.) Chorus, All we like sheep (4:07) -- p. 143
27.) Recitative (Tenor), All they that see him laugh him to scorn -- p.152
28.) Chorus, He trusted in God (2:59) -- p. 153
29.) Recitative (Tenor), Thy rebuke hath broken his heart -- p. 162
30.) Aria (Tenor), Behold, and see if there be any sorrow -- p. 164
31.) Recitative (Soprano 1), He was cut off out of the land of the living (3:37) -- p. 165
32.) Aria (Soprano 1), But thou didst not leave his soul in hell (2:22) -- p. 166
33.) Semi-Chorus and Chorus, Lift up your heads, O ye gates (3:15) -- p. 169
34.) Recitative (Tenor), Unto which of the angels said he at any time -- p. 177
35.) Chorus, Let all the angels of God worship him (1:44) -- p. 178
36.) Aria (Soprano 2), Thou art gone up on high (2:55) -- p. 194
37.) Chorus, The Lord gave the word (1:13) -- p. 198
38.) Aria (Soprano 1), How beautiful are the feet (2:05) -- p. 204
39.) Chorus, Their sound is gone out (1:21) -- p. 206
40.) Aria (bass), Why do the nations so furiously rage together? -- p. 234
41.) Chorus, Let us break their bonds asunder (3:15) -- p. 238
42.) Recitative (Tenor), He that dwelleth in heaven -- p. 246
43.) Aria (Tenor), Thou shalt break them (2:11) -- p. 246
44.) Chorus, Hallelujah (4:04) -- p. 250

Part Three [Listening Guide]
45.) Aria (Soprano 1), I know that my redeemer liveth (5:35) -- p. 262
46.) Chorus, Since by man came death (2:02) -- p. 268
47.) Recitative, Behold, I tell you a mystery -- p. 272
48.) Aria (Bass), The trumpet shall sound (9:00) -- p. 272
49.) Recitative (Alto), Then shall be brought to pass -- p. 282
50.) Duet (Alto and Tenor), O death, where is thy sting? (1:23) -- p.284
51.) Chorus, But thanks be to God (2:17) -- p. 286
52.) Aria (Soprano 2), If God be for us (4:22) -- p. 294
53.) Chorus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (3:45) -- p. 300
53.) Chorus, Amen (3:37) -- p. 310


The following selections are from the recording of Handel's Messiah by George Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (London 414 396 -- 2 [1985]). (Page numbers correspond to those printed on the top / left of the page in your sourcebook.

Note that the numbering system here is coordinated with the one found in the Listening Guides provided for each part. Note also that some selections have both a recitative and an aria (or some such combniation), so the second of the two begins some time into the selection (so, for example, there is only one track for the recitative "Comfort ye" and the aria "Ev'ry valley", and the latter starts approximately 3:04 into the selection, since the former lasts for 3:04). Furthermore, the Solti recording provides some alternate versions of the pieces as performed in the Hogwood recording, recognizable by a different page number from the above Hogwood recording..

Disk 1

Part One [Listening Guide]
1.) Sinfony (Orchestra) (3:03) -- p. 1
2.) Recitative (Tenor): Comfort ye my people (3:04) -- p. 6
3.) Aria (Tenor): Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (3:37)-- p. 8
4.) Chorus: And the glory of the Lord (2:42) -- p. 14
5.) Recitative (Bass): Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (1:19) -- p. 21
6.) Aria ( Alto ): But who may abide (4:26) -- p. 28
7.) Chorus, And he shall purify (2:41) -- p. 44
8.) Recitative (Alto), Behold a virgin shall conceive (0:35 ) -- p. 50
9.) Aria (Alto) and Chorus, O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (5:26) -- p. 51
10.) Recitative (Bass), For behold darkness shall cover the earth (2:15) -- p. 60
11.) Aria (Bass), The people that walked in darkness (3:30) -- p. 62
12.) Chorus, For unto us a child is born (4:19) -- p. 66
13.) Pifa (Orchestra) (2:53) -- p. 78
14a.) Recitative (Soprano 1), There were shepherds abiding in the field (0:17) -- p. 79
14b.) Recitative (Soprano 1), And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (0:19) -- p. 79
15.) Recitative (Soprano 1), And the angel of the Lord said unto them (0:47) -- p. 82
16.) Recitative (Soprano 1), And suddenly there was with the angel (0:18) -- p. 83
17.) Chorus, Glory to God in the highest (2:03) -- p. 84
18.) Aria (Soprano 1), Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (4:21) -- p. 96
19.) Recitative (Soprano 1), Then shall the eyes of the blind (0:36) -- p. 102
20.) Duet ( Soprano and Alto ), He shall feed his flock (4:54) -- p. 105
21.) Chorus, His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light (2:29) -- p. 112