Our assignment today is Handel’s Messiah.  The written word cannot do Handel’s work justice, of course, so I think it is best to leave you with an excerpt of one of the first complete or nearly complete recordings that was made of it, with Sir Thomas Beecham.  This likely sounds very different than any versions you are used to hearing, but this is how it was played back in the day:

http://youtu.be/EUjrOfQhMRg

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