Handel: The Messiah

The Messiah, composed by George Handel in 1741, is one of the most famous English oratorios in history. It sings out passage after passage of scripture, covering Old Testament prophecy about the Christ, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus and his coming return. It is glorious, it is beautiful, it loudly sings praises to the faithful and loving Lord of history who brings salvation to his people.

If you don’t already own a copy of the Messiah I’m not sure what you are doing with yourself. You can stream and purchase this recording by the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at Bandcamp, but it only has a small number of movements. Full recordings of The Messiah are hard to find, but your local ABC shop will usually have some beautiful ‘extended highlights’ albums, such as this one by the Orchestra of the Antipodes.

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