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Welcome to The Compleat Messiah web site.  My purpose for this site is to celebrate the music, message, and history of George Frideric Handel's baroque oratorio Messiah.  Since it's first performance in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742, Handel's Messiah has grown in stature among people around the earth, and here I hope to examine all aspects of its longevity - from its history and composition, to recordings, writings, films and other media which Messiah has been translated into.  I will feature Messiah in the news, with daily updates to how Handel's oratorio is being referenced by popular media; provide streaming video and audio media which will be updated weekly; and maintain an updated database of upcoming products and concerts.

To navigate through The Compleat Messiah site, use the menu bar on the left to access the main pages, and to return to this page, simply click anywhere on the title graphic.  

Part of
Messiah lore says that after the first performance of Messiah, an enthusiastic member of the audience congratulated composer and director George Frideric Handel for producing such a wonderful piece of "entertainment."

"Entertainment!" Handel replied, "My purpose was not to entertain, but to teach them something."

So is my hope for this site.

1959 Malcolm Sargent
1964 Otto Klemperer
1966 Colin Davis
1974 Charles Mackerras
1976 Neville Marriner
1991 Hermann Max
1994 Stephen Cleobury
2004 Wolfgang Katschner
2008 Frieder Bernius
2008 Stephen Layton

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1982 Neville Marriner
1989 Andrew Parrott
1996 Masaaki Suzuki
1998 Ivars Taurins (highlights)
2000 Diego Fasolis
2006 Edward Higginbottom
2009 Philipp Von Steinaecker
2010 Jeanette Sorrell

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