Saturday, December 25, 2010

Handel's Messiah

The Messiah is an oratorio composed by George Frideric Handel in the summer of 1741 based on the libretto by Charles Jennens. Drawn entirely on the Christian doctrine that Jesus Christ is indeed the Messiah or "anointed one," Jennens chronicled the work into three fragments and showcased the prophecies about the coming of Jesus Christ, His birth, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and his glorious return on earth. Although envisioned for secular theatre, this tour de force has become a well-loved tradition at Christmas time especially after Handel's death. Its most famous part, the Hallelujah Chorus speaks volumes about who Christ really is as portrayed in Isaiah 9 verse 6:
                          "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given
                             and the government shall be upon his shoulder
                          and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor
               The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
To make our celebration more meaningful, here's the Hallelujah Chorus in a recording done by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia with Myung-Whun Chung at the helm, for the album Andrea Boccelli sings Sacred Arias.  

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  1. Oh, Kaye! This is one of my favorite pieces EVER. Thanks for posting it.

    I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season with your family. You're never far from my mind. I wish you all the best. 2011 will be here before we know it! :)

    Take care.

    Well wishes from Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.


  2. Wow!That's great! It's my pleasure, Stephe.
    I wish you the same thing: good health, peace, love for the new year.
    Warmest regards from the Philippines! Take care!