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Classical Notes: December 17, 2009 Archive

Getting a Handel on Messiah's Choruses

Posted at 3:33 AM on December 17, 2009 by Ward Jacobson (6 Comments)
Filed under: The blog

For Unto Us a Child is Born - my favorite chorus from Handel's Messiah. But there are so many close seconds.

And He Shall Purify is a bear to sing, especially when the tempo is taken as Handel intended.....quickly. The Boston Baroque's 1992 recording on Telarc does just that, and the results are stunning.

So it's time to chime in. What's your favorite Messiah chorus and why? And if you have a favorite Messiah recording, share that too.

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Jay Leno v. Chanticleer

Posted at 7:10 AM on December 17, 2009 by John Birge (7 Comments)
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media

First, Jay Leno spoofed Chanticleer's performance on the Today Show. Then Chanticleer spoofed back!!

"Gigantic Chin," indeed.

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