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Saturday, March 26, 2016 Permalink

The Messiah Connection


One is earthy and comical--an 18th century musical tale of thieves, tramps and trollops. The other is the most beloved choral concert pieces in the world. They are, in fact, about as far apart as two works can be. And yet, without the earthy antics and anthems of The Beggar's Opera, Handel's Messiah might never have been.

CD Title Catalog # UPC
The Beggar's Opera Classics for Pleasure 7243 5 68926 2 0 724356892620 
The Beggar's Opera Hyperion CDA66591/2      034571165912
Rapture DG 289 471 717-2 028947171720
Giulio Cesare  Decca 475 6569 028946619629
Tamerlano Dabringhaus & Grimm MDF609 1457-2 760623145723
Rodelinda Archiv Production 477 5391AH3 028947753919
The Magnificent Mr. Handel Sony SBK 60293 074646029329
Esther Somm SOMMCD238/9     748871238923 
Messiah Linn CKD 285 691062028523
Arcadian Duets Virgin Classics 5455242 724354552427
Kiri EMI 5169991 724355723123
Judas Maccabaeus Hyperion CDA66641/2 034571166414
Solomon Harmonia Mundi HMC 9011949.50 794881848423
Handel Trio Sonatas Archiv 415 497-2 028941549723
The Triumph of Time and Truth Hyperion CDD22050 034571120508

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