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Mendelssohn, the affectionate, respectful, unselfish genius, honoured both Handel and himself with his terrific 1833 reworking of Handel’s most choral oratorio. Robert King has had to employ considerable forensic musicology to rediscover and recreate Mendelssohn’s elegant solutions to scoring and personnel issues, and the results are revelatory and utterly stun- ning. Instruments, solo and choral voices, and historically informed interpretations are impeccable. A brilliant achievement: from the moment Mendelssohn’s own marvellous overture erupts into life one is held rapt in a state of high-alert to the very last echo of what feels like ‘breaking news from the desert’.

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