London Philharmonic – Messiah

There is some debate in the classical music world over whether Handel’s Messiah is a piece more suited for Advent or Lent. It’s easy to see the confusion. The piece is divided into three sections, with “Part the First” being devoted to the anticipation and birth of Christ, and the second and third parts telling the story of his death, resurrection, and reign.

Since tonight is opening night of the San Francisco Symphony’s annual performance of Messiah, I thought it would be a fitting album for today’s post. I don’t have a whole lot of commentary to share about the piece, and there’s about one album out there per year of the piece’s existence (read: 273). But despite its position in the choral/symphonic repertoire as borderline cliché, it remains one of my favorite pieces of all time. From “And the glory of the Lord” to the final “Amen” chorus, I never get tired of singing it (except maybe physically). It’s the greatest story the world has ever known, set to some of the best-known music ever written.

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