Album: Choir Of King's College, Cambridge, Handel's Messiah (EMI Classics)

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It's not just rock groups that rush-release live albums.

The dispatch with which this recording of the 5 April performance of Handel's Messiah at King's College Chapel has appeared is impressive given the larger range of elements involved, including the Academy of Ancient Music and four soloists alongside the King's College Choir. The first choral concert transmitted live to 85 cinemas, Stephen Cleobury's interpretation ticks all the boxes, with choir and orchestra impeccably balanced, and soloists glowing.

Download this: 'And Suddenly... Glory to God', 'And the Glory of the Lord', 'Let All the Angels of God', 'Hallelujah'