Messiah: George Frideric Handel's -- Just days before the event, Curtain Call Productions was alerted by its friends in Israel that the Upper Galilee Choir and Ranaana Symphonette Orchestra would be performing Handel's Messiah at Tabgha, the traditional site of Jesus Christ's miracle of feeding the five thousand along the Sea of Galilee. Working quickly and in close coordination with The Benedictine Monastery Tabgha, a professional video and audio team with 5 digital cameras and 16 microphones assembled in sanctuary of Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish and recorded this inspiring performance on December 14, 2002.
The various recitatives, arias and choruses were filmed from 5 vantage points within the church, which allowed dynamic and visually stunning editing that truly compliments this timeless masterpiece. The music was expertly recorded and reproduced under the direction of music producer/consultant, John McCracken (producer of Michael Crawford's R.I.A.A. certified Gold record, On Eagle's Wings) and senior recording engineer, Richard King of Sony Music (Grammy winner for the soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound at Sony Music Studios' state-of-the-art facilities in New York City, this recording puts you smack in the middle of the choir and orchestra. Don't miss owning this one-of-a-kind performance of one of the world's most enduring and extraordinary musical works. Consistent with the intent expressed by Handel himself, "I should be sorry if I only entertained them, I wish to make them better." - this DVD production will become a favorite in your Easter and Christmas Music Collections.
Great Mr. Handel -- His gifts were extraordinary. His life an adventure. His legacy priceless.
A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd. This was the first color film shot with "character lighting" instead of the flat overall lighting hitherto demanded by Technicolor.
This story deals with the later stages of Handel's life, leading up to the composing of his masterpiece "Messiah." During his early years in London, Handel had enjoyed the King’s patronage and people flocked to the theatres to see his operas. But soon fashionable society turned against him. Plagued by financial worries and ill health and abandoned by almost everyone except those closest to him, Handel shut himself away and worked day and night on "Messiah." Its performance at the Royal Opera House in 1743 resulted in a standing ovation led by the King. It began a tradition and fitting honor for the incomparable Handel, composer of one of the finest oratories in the English Language.
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