Handel's Messiah: a complete guide to the best recordings

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The perennial fame of Handel’s oratorio has inspired a host of contrasting approaches to text and performance. David Vickers mulls over the finest recordings

Painting of George Frideric Handel from c1748-49 by Thomas Hudson (1701-79), showing the composer holding sheets of music from Messiah (photography: Lebrecht Music Arts/Bridgeman Images)
Painting of George Frideric Handel from c1748-49 by Thomas Hudson (1701-79), showing the composer holding sheets of music from Messiah (photography: Lebrecht Music Arts/Bridgeman Images)

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