Messiah (includes Hallelujah Chorus)
George Frideric Handel
Down 3. Lowest position since 2009. Highest of Handel's 7 entries.
The love affair that British classical music audiences have with this oratorio is quite phenomenal. Since its Dublin premiere in 1742, it has been performed by choirs across the land every year since at least 1745. Handel continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754.
The rousing Hallelujah Chorus is by far the most widely known section of the work. Audiences used to tend to stand during performances a tradition that began when King George II stood up during the chorus at the Oratorio debut London performance.
Win every hour with the Hall of Fame
We're offering you the chance to win a Roberts Radio, the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014 album, and a copy of our brand new book, 50 Moments That Rocked The Classical Music World, every hour during the countdown.
The Hall of Fame album
We've compiled some of the greatest tracks from this year's Hall of Fame and housed them on one album for your listening pleasure.
Download the Classic FM app for your Apple device
Got an Apple mobile device? Listen to Classic FM on the move with our beautifully-designed, brand new app.
Download the Classic FM app for your Android device
Got an Android mobile device? Listen to Classic FM on the move with our beautifully-designed, brand new app.