Sunday, December 6, 2009

The incomparable Jon Vickers

This morning's readings, of course, practically demand this beginning of Handel's "Messiah". Now, I've performed this often enough under the direction of so-called "Baroque purists" that I don't really like the following Romantic interpretation that was so popular in the 50s. Nevertheless, there is simply no tenor who comes even close, in my opinion, to this astonishing performance by the great Jon Vickers:

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