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On this day in 1742, the initial public performance in Dublin of Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah (one hesitates over the Teutonic umlaut for this greatest of “English” composers):

For those in the market for a fine recording, please consider the Academy of Ancient Music, under the baton of Christopher Hogwood, featuring the magnificent Emma Kirkby (Amazon; iTunes). Partial as A Superfluous Man is to the work of Chicago’s great Maestro Georg Solti, his rather Romantic approach seems inapt to this quintessential Baroque work.