Movement 33 of Handel's Messiah is celebratory and challenging, with a strong Amen ending, a great choral work for Christmas or other holidays. This SATB (and at times, SSATB) chorus that features strong unison rhythms alternating with quiet fugal sections. Full orchestra accompaniment that follows Handel's original score.
Movement 32 of Handel's Messiah is an aria for tenor (or soprano). Moderately, calm, and stately, it occurs just after Christ is killed, and reassures the audience that his death is temporary. Orchestral direction and tempos follow the London Philharmonic recording with Walter Susskind conducting.
An ambient contemporary version of the classic Christmas carol. The sound of whistling wind brings out the cold, dark quality of this minor key carol, and an eclectic group of instruments (bass, piano, guitar, synthesizers, strings, and a variety of percussion) provide an easy background to sing over.
A very brief accompanied recitative from Handel's Messiah for tenor (or soprano). Only 30 seconds long, movement 31 forms a bridge between two short tenor arias, "Behold, and See if There Be Any Sorrow" and "But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell", so a recital soloist might perform all three as a set. Very slow and rubato, with tempos following the London Philharmonic recording with Walter Susskind conducting.
A quiet, simple solo for tenor (or soprano), movement 30 of the Messiah is under two minutes long, and labeled an "arioso" (little aria) by Handel. The lyrics speak of Christ's sorrow, and tempos follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording.
A slow, deliberate tenor recitative, movement 25 of Handel's Messiah, describing Christ's sorrow at being abandoned to his fate. String orchestra with harp and harpsichord, matching Handel's original score.
A contemporary praise band arrangement of the classic hymn, featuring acoustic guitar, drums, bass, and hammond organ. Great uplifting hymn about love, peace, equality, and community in Christ. Great for Easter, too!
Movement 28 of Handel's Messiah is a four-part SATB fugal work about Christ's faith in God. All vocal parts are doubled clearly in the orchestra, making the complex music easy to sing. A fairly fast allegro movement with a slow dramatic ending.
A contemplative arrangement for Viola, Piano, and acoustic bass of the traditional high holy day song Kol Nidre. Instrumental intro, followed by one time through the song, and a tag instrumental ending. Kol Nidre means "All Vows" and is a flat statement that no promise of any kind will be kept for the coming year. Note, this arrangement is a shortened version of the full prayer, and is designed to allow for cantorial singing prior to chanting or speaking the full prayer -- an effective High Holiday congregational technique.
A praise band recording of the song History Maker, written by Martin Smith of delirious?. Follows similar structure to the Deeper album version, although this version has been rewritten for live instruments. Great song about making difference in today's world through God. Used by permission, under license from HFA and EMI CMG.