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Days prior to an event, Curtain Call Productions was informed that the Upper Galilee Choir and Ranaana Symphonette Orchestra would be performing Handel’s Messiah at Tabgha, the place traditionally considered to be the location where Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fishes. Working quickly to set up recording equipment to film the event, they worked closely with the Benedictine Monastery of Tabgha to create a professional, high-quality version of Handel’s Messiah to publish on DVD. With an experienced production team, they were able to piece together 5 cameras and sixteen microphones to create a professional and immersive experience of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah.
This stunning five-camera production, clocking in at just around 2 hours is an impressive and detailed recording of Handel’s most famous orchestral piece. Having been composed in 1741, this is still a popular and oft-performed work nearly 300 years later. Based on the character of the Messiah Jesus Christ, this oratorio is an impressive instrumental caricature of Christ’s being. It’s dazzling tones and symphonious melodies will excite and amaze you as you listen to one of the most well-known pieces of classical music. Containing 53 movements divided up into 3 parts, this incredible recording of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is well worth adding to your collection.
George Frideric Handel was a composer who lived from 1685 to 1759. He was a prolific composer, having created 42 operas, 120 catatas, 29 oratorios, and many other arias, trios, and duets. His most famous work, of course, was his oratorio based on the most important man to have ever lived, the Messiah. Handel became famous for his beautiful compositions and was well-respected and renowned for his incredible ability to create lilting music. While he did his best to keep his personal life private, he was a quiet man who never married. He was born in Halle to Georg Handel and Dorothea Taust. While his father had intended for him to study music, Handel developed a strong interest in music from a very early age. At a young age he travelled to Weissenfels where he impressed many with his accomplished organ-playing.
His performance on the organ was enough to convince his father to allow him to take musical composition lessons. Handel took to music quickly, learning how to play the oboe, violin, harpsichord, and organ. Handel did end up going on to study law, but spent more of his time focusing on composition and playing as the organist in a variety of churches and settings. He began composing more works and when his operas were played, he would be applauded for his impressive technique and ability. Eventually, he chose to pursue his musical and compositional career further, making the move to London at age 25. Here he continued to compose more works, even receiving a yearly income from Queen Anne for his compositions. For years, Handel would continue to perfect his craft, eventually producing his most noticeable work, Handel’s Messiah.
Handel’s Messiah is not only George Frideric Handel’s crowning achievement, it’s his most well-known work that has transcended time and culture to become a popular classic almost 300 years after its release. It’s still respected for its beauty and no matter what musical trends may pop up or fade out of style, Handel’s Messiah is one that has endured for centuries. While originally designed for a relatively small orchestra and choir, it has been expanded by many great composers, including Mozart itself to great an even larger and grander piece. While some like the new sound with the bigger instrumentation, many prefer the simplicity and beauty of the original work. In recent years, many have worked to restore this masterpiece to the way it would have originally sounded.
His work, Messiah, an oratorio was composed in just under a month, from August 22nd to September 14th in 1741. It contains three movements and was designed to be performed with a choir, 2 trumpets, a timpani, 2 oboes, a viola, 2 violins, and a basso continuo. While a relatively small amount of instruments, in combination along with a vocal choir it creates a resonating and amazingly intricate chorus. The text that makes up Handel’s Messiah is from the King James Bible and highlights the details and glory of the Messiah.
This recording takes place in the cathedral in Tabgha, an area on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. This is the portion of Israel that is generally accepted as the place where Jesus fed the five thousand by miraculously multiplying loaves and fish. The setting is made all that more powerful and authentic with the knowledge that it was most likely once visited by the Messiah Jesus Christ himself. The name “Tabgha” translated to the “spring of seven”. In addition to His appearance here with the five loaves and two fish, it is also likely that this is the place where Jesus made his 4th post-resurrection appearance. The biblical events that most likely took place here can be found in Mark 6 and John 21. The Upper Galilee Choir and Ranaana Symphonette Orchestra perform vibrantly in the magnificent setting speaking awe and wonder into the air around them. The knowledge that the Messiah most likely stood on or near that very spot helps create an awe-inspiring and breathtaking experience.
If you are looking for the definitive video recording of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, look no further than this excellent DVD performed by the Upper Galilee Choir and Ranaana Symphonette Orchestra recorded on location in Tabgha, just off the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Curtain Call Productions has worked hard to create a masterful and well shot recording of this historic event, bringing you multiple camera angles and a perfected audio mix for perfect balances. If you enjoy the work of George Frideric Handel or are a fan of his masterpiece oratorio, Messiah, this is an essential addition to your collection. Curtain Call Productions brings you one of the most powerful and moving video recordings of Handel’s Messiah ever recorded.