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FULL MESSIAH Coventry 2022 Lucy Crowe, Alex Potter, Michael Spyres, Matthew Brook

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When the English Concert performs Handel’s Messiah in the stunning Coventry Cathedral, it’s a match made in heaven: since their founding in 1972, the ensemble has raised the standard for Baroque performance on period instruments, winning major awards for their breathtaking recordings of religious music—including several widely lauded interpretations of Messiah. The ensemble and their extraordinary choir are joined by the great John Nelson in his English Concert debut, alongside star soloists Lucy Crowe, Alex Potter, Michael Spyres, and Matthew Brook, for an unmissable performance—the perfect way to begin your holiday season or to experience a moment of pure magic at any time of year.

George Frideric Handel, Messiah

1. Sinfony (instrumental)

2. Comfort ye my people (tenor)

3. Every valley shall be exalted (tenor)

4. And the glory of the Lord (chorus)

5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts (bass)

6. But who may abide the day of His coming (soprano, alto or bass)

7. And he shall purify the sons of Levi (chorus)

8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto)

9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto and chorus)

10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)

11. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (bass)

12. For unto us a child is born (chorus)

13. Pifa (“pastoral symphony”: instrumental)

14a. There were shepherds abiding in the fields (soprano)

14b. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (soprano)

15. And the angel said unto them (soprano)

16. And suddenly there was with the angel (soprano)

17. Glory to God in the highest (chorus)

18. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano)

19. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (soprano or alto)

20. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd (alto and/or soprano)

21. His yoke is easy (chorus)

George Frideric Handel, Messiah

22. Behold the Lamb of God (chorus)

23. He was despised and rejected of men (alto)

24. Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (chorus)

25. And with his stripes we are healed (chorus)

26. All we like sheep have gone astray (chorus)

27. All they that see him laugh him to scorn (tenor)

28. He trusted in God that he would deliver him (chorus)

29. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart (tenor or soprano)

30. Behold and see if there be any sorrow (tenor or soprano)

31. He was cut off (tenor or soprano)

32. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell (tenor or soprano)

33. Lift up your heads, O ye gates (chorus)

34. Unto which of the angels (tenor)

35. Let all the angels of God worship Him (chorus)

36. Thou art gone up on high (soprano, alto, or bass)

37. The Lord gave the word (chorus)

38. How beautiful are the feet (soprano, alto, or chorus)

39. Their sound is gone out (tenor or chorus)

40. Why do the nations so furiously rage together (bass)

41. Let us break their bonds asunder (chorus)

42. He that dwelleth in heaven (tenor)

43. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (tenor)

44. Hallelujah (chorus)

45. I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano)

46. Since by man came death (chorus)

47. Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass)

48. The trumpet shall sound (bass)

49. Then shall be brought to pass (alto)

50. O death, where is thy sting (alto and tenor)

51. But thanks be to God (chorus)

52. If God be for us, who can be against us (soprano)

53. Worthy is the Lamb (chorus)

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