Host Ruth Todd sits down with music director, Mack Wilberg, associate director, Ryan Murphy, and musicologist, Luke Howard to discuss the new recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square of Handel’s Messiah.
This new recording relies on historical research and Baroque musical tradition to create a new landmark Messiah for our time. This musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. Over the years the Choir has performed selections from Messiah multiple times. In fact, the Choir’s very first recording in 1910 included the famous “Hallelujah” chorus. In 1959 the Choir’s recording of Messiah was a best-selling album and one of the most successful classical recordings of its time. This 2016 release of Messiah will take its place as one of the most significant recordings of Handel’s beloved oratorio in recent memory.