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Duke Chapel releases new recording of Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Duke University Chapel has released a new recording of George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah.”

The oratorio was recorded live last year in Duke Chapel and features the chapel choir, conductor Rodney Wynkoop, chapel organist Christopher Jacobson, Orchestra Pro Cantores and acclaimed soloists.

“This recording from our 2014 ‘Messiah’ performances in the chapel provides an updated version of this tradition that has long been beloved both here at Duke and beyond,” said Wynkoop, director of music at Duke Chapel. “With some of our favorite soloists and the wonderful orchestra that has long performed with the chapel choir, the deeply meaningful story of the ‘Messiah’ as told through Handel’s extraordinarily inventive music has been brought to life with fervor and passion.”

The 143-minute concert recording is available as a two-CD set through Duke’s Gothic Bookshop.

Duke Chapel “Messiah” performances are a tradition that stretches back to 1933, two years before the chapel was officially dedicated. The chapel choir’s last publically available recording of the oratorio was made in 1999. The 2014 concert featured on the new CD was broadcast live in countries on five continents through a collaboration between the chapel and the Christian media organization Trans World Radio.

The new recording includes soloists Mary Wilson, soprano; Monica Reinagel, alto; William Hite, tenor; and Grant Youngblood, bass. The audio production engineers are Collin J. McKinney and Robert L. Musser from VoChor Inc. Joshua Smith from Quartz Studio designed the CD jacket.

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