Händel: Messiah (2-cd)

Les Arts Florissants 
William Christie, dir. 
Andreas Scholl 
Barbara Schlick 
Sandrine Piau 
Mark Padmore 
Nathan Berg 
...absolutely compelling, superbly performed and a safe recommendation...For intelligent direction and first-rate executions this Messiah will be hard to beat."
Barry Millington
The Times

William Christie and his small ensemble Les Arts Florissants recorded a brisk, stylish and lively Messiah in 1993, and it is an absolute joy to hear. The orchestral texture is intimate, but the playing is colorful, flexible and expressive of the subtlest shades of dynamics and nuances of phrasing...the singing and accompaniment are exquisitely expressive...the pleasures to be found throughout are many."