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DVD: Sing-Along Messiah

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“...a truly unique and special experience...” 

– Huffington Post

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Resplendent in his powdered wig and 18th-century garb, Herr Handel (aka Director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Ivars Taurins) leads the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, a stellar cast of soloists — soprano Suzie LeBlanc, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Locky Chung — and a mass audience choir made up of some 1,000 Tafelmusik fans as they perform Handel's baroque masterpiece. A beloved Toronto tradition, Tafelmusik’s annual Sing-Along Messiah has become a revered family ritual for many Torontonians over the past 25 years. This unique audience-participation phenomenon sells out every year, and participants are genuinely moved by the experience of joining their voices with hundreds of others to make music.  This film was produced by the award-winning 90th Parallel Productions and originally telecast by Bravo!. Ivars Taurins received a Gemini Award nomination for his role in this film. BONUSES: The DVD includes five bonus audio tracks of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir performing music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Mondonville.

Sing along with Herr Handel and Tafelmusik at home! Download scores for the Messiah Choruses here:


George Frideric Handel


Directed by Ivars Taurins as "Herr Handel"
Produced by 90th Parallel Productions for a Bravo! Telecast
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Rufus Müller, tenor
Locky Chung, baritone
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir



Excerpts from Messiah

Handel’s Introduction 4:00
Handel’s Instructions to the Chorus 2:00
1. Sinfonia 3:00
2. Tenor: Comfort ye  / Ev’ry valley 5:30
3. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord 3:00
4. Bass: Thus saith the Lord 1:20
5. Alto: But who may abide 4:40
6. Chorus: For unto us a child is born 4:00
7. Pifa 1:00
8. Soprano: There were shepherds  / But lo, the angel /And the angel / And suddenly 1:25
9. Chorus: Glory to God 1:50
10. Soprano: Rejoice greatly 4:10
11. Tenor: All they that see him 0:45
12. Chorus: He trusted in God 2:15
13. Tenor: They rebuke  / Behold and see  / He was cut off  /But thou didst not leave 5:20
14. Chorus: Hallelujah 4:00
15. Soprano: I know my redeemer liveth 6:30
16. Bass: Behold, I tell you / The trumpet shall sound (excerpt) 3:30
17. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb / Amen 7:30

TOTAL DVD 1:16:20

Jean-Joseph de Mondonville 
"Dominus regnavit," 
from Grand motet Dominus regnavit  * 4:36

Antonio Vivaldi 
"Et in terra pax," from Gloria, RV.589    * 2:17

Johann Sebastian Bach 
"Sicut era in principio," from Gloria, BWV 191   * 6:06

George Frideric Handel 
"And he shall purify,"  from Messiah    ** 2:23

George Frideric Handel 
"For unto us a child is born," from Messiah   ** 3:57

Credits for bonus audio tracks:
* From CBC Records SMCD 5244 Gloria in Excelsis Deo. © 2007 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada.
** From CBC Records SMCD 5195 Messiah: The Complete Choruses. © 1998 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada.

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