Frieder Bernius (conductor)
Inga Kalna (soprano)
Maarten Engeltjes (alto)
Thomas Hobbs (tenor)
Rihards Millers (bass)
State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga
Latvian Radio Choir
Oratorio “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel is one of the most majestic pieces in the history of Western music. According to music professionals, the vocals of Hendel’s oratorio in the symphonic repertoire stand out as a mighty mountain range, where the “Messiah” is its highest peak.
Despite the grand shape of the composition, the composer completed it unbelievably fast – in less than a month. With great success the oratorio was premiered in Dublin on 13 April 1742. Since then the oratorio is played every year at Christmas all over the world. The listeners almost perceive the famous choir “Aleluja” from the “Messiah” as a national anthem, often standing on their feet while it is played.