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Sven-David Sandstrom: Messiah

dedicated to Helmuth Rilling

By Sven-David Sandstrom

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SATBar vocal soli, SMATBarB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello and contrabass
Dedicated to Helmuth Rilling. Composed by Sven-David Sandstrom. German title: Messiah /Rilling. Oratorios. 2 CDs. With Language: English. Composed 2008. Duration 120 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.8345300).

Item Number: CA.8345300

Text: Charles Jennens.

The Messiah, by the Swedish composer Sven-David Sandstrom, was commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart to commemorate the Handel anniversary year 2009. In accordance with the wishes of these two institutions, the work is based on Charles Jennen's English libretto which Handel set in his famous oratorio more than 260 years ago. Great expression and orchestral color characterize this Messiah of the 21st century, in which for Sandstrom modernity and euphony do not represent a contradiction-corresponding to his artistic credo: "My music should be understandable on first hearing and should touch people.".

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