NPR : Holiday Specials 2002

Robert Shaw Conducts Handel's Messiah



I. Sinfonia (Overture)

II. Recitative
Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, saith your God: speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah, XL:1-3)

III. Aria
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low: the crooked straight and the rough places plain. (Isaiah, XL:4)

IV. Chorus
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah, XL:5)

V. Recitative
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: yet once a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land, and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come. (Haggai II:6, 7)
The Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in, behold he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi III:1)

VI. Aria
But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner's fire (Malachi III:2)

VII. Chorus
And he shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. (Malachi III:3)

VIII. Recitative
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, GOD WITH US. (Isaiah VII:14)

IX. Aria and Chorus
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah: behold your God. (Isaiah XL:9)
Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (Isaiah LX:1)

X. Recitative
For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah LX:2, 3)

XI. Aria
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah IX:2)

XII. Chorus
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah IX:6)

XIII. Pifa ("Pastoral Symphony")

XIV - XVI. Recitative
There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying. (Luke II:8-13)

XVII. Chorus
Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men. (Luke II:14)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of Jerusalem, behold thy king cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Saviour and he shall speak peace unto the heathen. (Zech
h IX:9, 10)

XIX. Recitative
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped: then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. (Isaiah XXXV:5, 6)

XX. Aria
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, and he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom and gently lead those that are with young.
Come unto him all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and he will give you rest. Take his yoke upon you, and learn of him, for he is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls (Isaiah XL:11)

XXI. Chorus
His yoke is easy, and his burden is light. (Matthew XI:30)


XXII. Chorus
Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world. (John I:29)

He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah LIII:3)
He gave his back to the smiters, and his cheeks to them that plucked off his hair; he hid not his face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah L:6)

XXIV - XXV. Chorus
Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him. And with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah LIII:4, 5)

XXVI. Chorus
All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah LIII:6)

XXVII. Recitative
All they that see him laugh him to scorn; they shoot out their lips and shake their heads, saying, (Psalm XXII:7)

XXVIII. Chorus
"He trusted in God that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, if he delight in him." (Psalm XXII:8)

XXIX. Recitative
Thy rebuke hath broken his heart, he is full of heaviness: he looked for some to have pity on him, but there was no man, neither found he any to comfort him. (Psalm LXIX:20)

XXX. Aria
Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto his sorrow. (Lamentations I:12)

XXX1. Recitative
He was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of thy people was he stricken. (Isaiah LIII:8)

But thou didst not leave his soul in hell, nor didst thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption. (Psalm XVI:10)

XXXIII. Chorus
Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory. (Psalm XXIV:7-10)

XXXIV. Recitative
Unto which of the angels said he at any time, thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? (Hebrews I:5)

XXXV. Chorus
Let all the angels of God worship him. (Hebrews I:6)

Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men, yea even for thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them. (Psalm LXVIII:18)

XXXVII. Chorus
The Lord gave the word, great was the company of the preachers. (Psalm LXVIII:11)

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tiding of good things. (Romans X:15)

XXXIX. Chorus
Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world. (Romans X:18)

XL. Aria
Why do the nations so furiously rage together, and why do the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed. (Psalm II:1, 2)

XLI. Chorus
Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us. (Psalm II:3)

XLII. Recitative
He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Psalm II:4)

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. (Psalm II:9)

XLIV. Chorus
Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (Revelation XIX:6)
The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation XI:15)
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Hallelujah. (Revelation XIX:16)


XLV. Aria
I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. (Job XIX: 25, 26)
For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep. (I Corinthians XV:20)

XLVI. Chorus
Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead; For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (I Corinthians XV: 21, 22)

XLVII. Recitative
Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. (I Corinthians XV: 51, 52)

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortal. (I Corinthians XV: 52, 53)

XLIX. Recitative
Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. (I Corinthians XV: 54)

L. Duet
O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. (I Corinthians XV: 55, 56)

LI. Chorus
But thanks be to God who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians XV: 57)

LII. Aria
If God be for us, who can be against us? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us. (Romans VIII:31, 33, 34)

LIII. Chorus
Worthy is the lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by his blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation V:9, 12-14)

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