Arguably the most famous oratorio ever written and certainly Handel’s best known work, Messiah needs little introduction. Composed in a staggering 24 days Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 where it received a rapturous welcome. Not so the following year when it premiered in London to a distinctly hostile reception. It wasn’t until Messiah began to be presented in charity performances at the Foundling Hospital in London that the public started to embrace the work we now regard as Handel’s greatest composition.
‘What a winning combination: Handel’s Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of the early music choirs.’ The Daily Telegraph
The Sixteen choir & orchestra
Harry Christophers conductor
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Henry Waddington bass-baritone