Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter music

Handel died 250 years ago, on 14 April 1759, and as Bob Dylan observed in “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, it’s Easter time too. So here is Sir Colin Davis conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tenebrae choir in “For unto us a child is born” from Handel’s Easter oratorio Messiah.

Also from Messiah, here is Renee Fleming singing “Rejoice greatly”, and here is Lynne Dawson in “I know that my redeemer liveth”.

The Devil may, as they say, have the best tunes but thanks to Handel and Bach among others (including, if you ask me, William of Stratford) the other side has some crackers.

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