Classics of the Phonograph

Handel’s Messiah

George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner

George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner By attributed to Balthasar Denner - National Portrait Gallery. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Handel's "Messiah" is one of the most famous and often recorded works of classical music, and one can hear it in many styles. Today, recordings exist with original instruments, small choruses and authentic Baroque singing styles, or you can hear it with modern instruments, and very large choruses the way previous generations heard it.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear Messiah excerpts in a wide variety of styles.