Handel’s Messiah


The Huddersfield Choral Society continue their esteemed relationship with Signum Records with arguably the best-loved musical work of all time Messiah, more than two and a half centuries on from that celebrated first performance in Dublin’s New Music Hall in April 1742.

The buoyant chorus, under Glover’s incisive direction, goes from strength to strength – The Times

Glover’s emphasis on firm tempi and natural articulation pushes this version to the head of the queue, for newcomers and adepts alike … a rugged and utterly musical Messiah – Choir & Organ

A modern symphonic chorus in good form, well drilled by chorus master Joseph Cullen and thoroughly prepared for the considerable demands of Jane Glover’s fleet-footed interpretation … Elizabeth Watts and Catherine Wyn-Rogers add deep emotional impact to the performance – Classic FM Magazine


Huddersfield Choral Society
Northern Sinfonia

Elizabeth Watts soprano
Mark Le Brocq tenor
Catherine Wyn-Rogers alto
James Oldfield bass
Jane Glover conductor

RELEASE DATE: 28/03/2011
BARCODE: 635212024621


1. Christians Awake

2. Sinfony (Overture)

3. Accompagnato: Comfort Ye (tenor)

4. Song: Every Valley (tenor)

5. Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord

6. Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord (bass)

7. Song: But who may abide (alto)

8. Chorus: And He shall purify

9. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto)

10. Song & Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto)

11. Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)

12. Song: The people that walked in darkness (bass)

13. Chorus: For unto us a Child is born

14. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)

15. Recitative, Accompagnato, Recitative: There were shepherds (soprano), And lo, the Angel of the Lord (soprano), And the Angel said unto them (soprano)

16. Accompagnato: And suddenly there was with the Angel (soprano)

17. Chorus : Glory to God in the highest

18. Song: Rejoice greatly (soprano)

19. Recitative, Song: Then shall the eyes of the blind (alto), He shall feed His flock (alto & soprano)

20. Chorus: His yoke is easy

21. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God

22. Song: He was despised (alto)


1. Chorus: Surely, He hath borne our griefs

2. Chorus: And with His stripes

3. Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray

4. Accompagnato: All they that see Him (tenor)

5. Chorus: He trusted in God

5. Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (tenor)

6. Song: Behold and see (tenor)

7. Accompagnato: He was cut off (tenor)

8. Song: But Thou didst not leave (tenor)

9. Chorus : Lift up your heads

10. Song: Thou art gone up on high (alto)

11. Chorus : The Lord gave the word

12. Song: How beautiful are the feet (soprano)

13. Chorus : Their sound is gone out into all lands

14. Song: Why do the nations so furiously rage (bass)

15. Chorus : Let us break their bonds asunder

16. Recitative : He that dwelleth in Heaven (tenor)

17. Song: Thou shalt break them (tenor)

18. Chorus: Hallelujah!

19. Song: I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano)

20. Chorus: Since by man came death

21. Accompagnato : Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass)

22. Song: The trumpet shall sound (bass)

23. Recitative & Duet: Then shall be brought to pass (alto), O death, where is thy sting? (alto & tenor)

24. Chorus: But thanks be to God

25. Song: If God be for us (soprano)

26. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb

27. Chorus: Amen

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