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Handel's Messiah - Sunday Telegraph


03 December 2006
The Sunday Telegraph
Michael Kennedy

In some ways the most interesting [new Messiah recording] is the Linn recording of the reconstructed 1742 Dublin version, which includes the new duet and chorus version of "how beautiful are the feet". The forces available to Handel in Dublin were small, only strings, two trumpets and timpani. Handel added a harpsichord and had his own organ transported to Ireland. The playing of the Dunedin Players under John Butt is admirably crisp, and the singing of the Consort disciplined and clear in enunciation. The soloists are the soprano Susan Hamilton, contraltos Annie Gill and Clare Wilkinson, tenor Nicholas Mulroy and the outstandingly good bass Matthew Brook.
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