1. The last two chorus are excellent but the work as a whole is simply sublime, a masterpiece. Fortunately, you linked to the whole thing. 🙂

  2. As a singer, "And He Shall Purify" is my "If-I-survive-this-I'll-make-it-through-the-rest" moment. It's an amazing movement, but very hard to make sound right.

    My favorite recording is the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davies with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Kathleen Battle as soprano solo, and Samuel Ramey is the bass.

    Not exactly Easter, but still one of my favorites "Ye Shall Have a Song" by Randall Thompson, from _The Peaceable Kingdom_: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt3gkajJToQ
    It's not the best recording of that chorus, but their pure joy!


  3. Any recording of Messiah makes me miss my father. He was a college music professor, and for 20 years, the first Sunday in December was Messiah Sunday. That always signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in our house.

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