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Published on Dec 1, 2014
'How Beautiful are the Feet' from Handel's 'Messiah' (Part 2, scene 5) - sung by the Mezzo Soprano Marianne Lihannah and Rachel Presland is the Pianist.
Many thanks to Greg Tricker for my permission to use photos of his beautiful stain glass icons of Jesus Christ and Francis of Assisi. Many thanks also to Father Bill for letting me use his wonderful church to record this beautiful aria. Likewise many thanks to Rachel for her very lovely piano playing.
(The following is from Wikipedia, with many thanks) Messiah (HWV 56) is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Handel's reputation in England, where he had lived since 1712, had been established through his compositions of Italian opera. He turned to English oratorio in the 1730s, in response to changes in public taste; Messiah was his sixth work in this genre. Although its structure resembles that of opera, it is not in dramatic form; there are no impersonations of characters and very little direct speech. Instead, Jennens's text is an extended reflection on Jesus Christ as Messiah. The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds, the only "scene" taken from the Gospels. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the "Hallelujah" chorus. In Part III he covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ's glorification in Heaven.
Hope you enjoy this song! All the best Marianne Lihannah