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I try to find enjoyment in life's simple things: friends & family, gardening, nature, home projects, etc. The television and radio are generally silent appliances in my home. But sometimes we all need a little help outside of ourselves to lift our hearts with laughter or a song. In my house, that often means switching on "Golden Age" radio shows, classic television or film, or simply turning to a good old-fashioned book.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Handel's Messiah, Online

I was listening to a Vintage Christmas Music Station just a little while ago, and stopped to realize that I was listening to Neil Diamond singing words to Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." Neil Diamond with a faint brush of disco in the instrumentals, singing "And He shall reign forever and ever. . . . King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." (Did he know something of the Mystery he sang?)

Ah, but Handel's lyrics are so wonderfully to the point, and not having my old cassette of the entire concert at hand, I went scrounging for a public domain version.

"And the Glory. . . " from "The Messiah" by George Friedrich Handel, The Choir of the King's College, Cambridge.

MIT Chamber Chorus

Royal Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, conducting. Recorded 1959.

Comfort Ye My People, Jon Vickers, RPO, Beecham. Recorded 1959.

The Entire Concert of Handel's Messiah as presented on "Friday Night at the Opera" on KXPR Capital Public Radio, Sacromento, 18 Dec 2009.

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