Thursday, December 21, 2006

Which "Messiah"?

Handel's Messiah is perhaps the most perfect combination of music and the text of Scripture yet composed. From prophesy, to incarnation, to death and resurrection, it magnificently recounts the story of Our Lord. It is traditionally associated with Christmas but is appropriate for any point in the Christian year. At this moment I'm listening to Handel's: Messiah, directed by Trevor Pinnock with the English Concert and Choir. It's one of the performances recommended by Michael Linton in this post from On the Square:
Which Messiah? It's not a theological question; it's a question about what to listen to when hanging the tinsel. No piece of music is so linked with Christmas as Handel's great oratorio, and there are lots of choices (I stopped counting the Amazon list at one hundred)... [the rest]
Source: On the Square: Which Messiah?

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