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    Schirmer's vocal score has it assigned to the bass. I'm guessing Handel adapted his score to the needs of his various soloists, and so a variety of "traditions" has been passed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Schirmer's vocal score has it assigned to the bass. I'm guessing Handel adapted his score to the needs of his various soloists, and so a variety of "traditions" has been passed down.
    How do you feel about sets where Rejoice is sung by the tenor?
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Never heard of that variation. As much as I love tenors, though, I think I'd still prefer the soprano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Never heard of that variation. As much as I love tenors, though, I think I'd still prefer the soprano.
    You can get him in this set (and a fine tenor at that) which is all male and uses trebles instead of sopranos. A beautiful set I once had and passed along because I do prefer having female voices in female roles.


    NAXOS provides the conductor's note:
    A new recording of Messiah? With a fine choir, a fine orchestra and fine soloists, perhaps no excuse or explanation is needed. But for those who seek particular reasons, here they are: our version provides the only modern account of Handel's unique London performances in April and May 1751, when he used treble voices for choruses and arias. We don't know why. But clearly the Chapel Royal had a treble or two who could step up to the plate, and Handel was pleased to employ them on this exceptional occasion. So we have selected three of our own boys to do the same. Secondly, just as Handel drew upon a chapel resource (the Chapel Royal) for his tenor and bass soloists (Beard and Wass), so have we: both Toby Spence and Eamonn Dougan are former clerks of New College Choir. The use of a castrato for the alto arias was neither a part of this tradition nor an option for our own time. Together these attributes give the Choir of New College, Oxford/Academy of Ancient Music's Messiah a unique status and a unique coherence. It is both a celebration of the chapel choir tradition and window onto a particular time and place in the history of Handel's own performances of his masterpiece.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Spence does have a lovely voice. Like you, though, I'm not sure how I'd feel about having trebles singing the solos for soprano and contralto.

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    Listened to this while I did the chores. For me, the tempo is just right. I hate it when it's very slow.

    " if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    A beautiful requiem.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    A beautiful requiem.
    Just listened to the first few minutes and it's beautiful! Will bookmark for later.
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    " if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    Now that the holiday season has arrived:



    This particular CD is titled "Fritz Wunderlich - The Christmas Album." It's a combination of a recording of carols by Wunderlich and Hermann Prey -- which is actually the disc to which I was listening -- and excerpts of recitatives/arias from Bach's Christmas Oratorio sung by Wunderlich.

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    Found a Messiah on YouTube where the bass (Matthew Rose) sings But who may abide the day of His coming. My listening sorted for today.

    " if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
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    Listening to more Christmas music last night, a recording of traditional carols I purchased back in the '80s. I'm not even sure it's around any more. The singers are Messrs. Domingo, Carreras, Dvorsky, Hofmann, and Rydl, Mesdames Ricciarelli, Freni, Gruberova, and Moser; and the Vienna Choirboys.

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Yesterday evening:


    Right now (Awesome contralto! Awesome soprano!):
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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