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Handel's Original Messiah on Sounds Choral

Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/4 at 2 pm) features excerpts from the original version of Handel's oratorio Messiah.

Host Gabriel Crouch explores portions of the original, rarely heard, Messiah written by Handel and premiered in Dublin in 1742, which differs slightly from the version that is more well-known. He is joined by John Butt, who first was the first to record this version. Listen at 2 pm.

Gabriel Crouch is Director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer in Music at Princeton University. He began his musical career as an eight-year-old in the choir of Westminster Abbey, where he performed a solo at the wedding of HRH Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson. After completing a choral scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was offered a place in the renowned a cappella group The King's Singers in 1996. In the next eight years he made a dozen recordings on the BMG label (including a grammy nomination), and gave more than 900 performances in almost every major concert venue in the world.