Seraphic Fire Saturday Podcast: Episode 2

EPISODE 2: Messiah

The Seraphic Saturday Podcast Companion

Welcome to the Seraphic Saturday Podcast Companion. Our second episode talks all things Messiah, from its first premiere in Dublin, to Messiah’s arrival in America. You can listen to this podcast by clicking on a link above, or by searching for “Seraphic Saturday Podcast” on your favorite podcast search tool.

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Episode 2 Playlist (available on Spotify)

Tracks featured on Episode 2 of the Seraphic Saturday Podcast

Handel: Cantata XVI- “No di voi non vo’ fidarmi” HWV 189
George Frideric Handel, Emmanuelle Haïm, Anna Maria Panzarella, Brian Feehan, Laura Claycomb, Le Concert d’Astrée

Ottonoe, HWV 15- Act 2: “Spera simi dice”
George Frideric Handel, Lauren Snouffer, Il Pomo D’oro, George Petrou

Israel in Egypt, HWV 55: Pt. 1 No. 6 Chorus “He spake the word”
George Frideric Handel, Taverner Choir and Players, Andrew Parrott

Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II “Symphony” – “Already See the Daughters Land”
George Frideric Handel, Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rosemary Joshua, RIAS Kammerchor

Der Messias, HWV 56: Chorus “He trusted in God”
George Frideric Handel, Joan Rodgers, Della Jones, Christopher Robson, Philip Langridridge, Bryn Terfel, Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox

Episode 2 Overview

Opening Music
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum
Seraphic Fire, The Sebastians

Announcer: Thomas McCargar

Host: Patrick Dupre Quigley

Segment 1: Messiah Beginnings

Quigley & conductor Nic McGegan, for 20 years the Artistic Director of the Göttingen Handel Festival in Germany, explore Georg Frideric Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.

Guest: Nic McGegan

Segment 2: Baroque?

Dr. Bradley Diamond visits the podcast to give an overview of the Baroque period, and some of the era’s defining musical characteristics.

Dr. Brad Diamond
Clara Osowski
Nola Richardson

Segment 3: Messiah to America

Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, discusses America’s introduction to Messiah, via the Handel and Haydn Society in 1818, and reasons for the work’s resilience.

Guy Fishman

Segment 4: Messiah and the American Experience

Countertenor Reggie Mobley joins us to discuss the enduring power of Messiah and the work’s relationship with American communities of color.

Reggie Mobley

Segment 5: Q&A

Quigley and special guest Nic McGegan look at your FAQ’s about Messiah.

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Featured Recordings (click for purchasing information)


Spotify | Amazon | Apple Music

Saul, Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rosemary Joshua, RIAS Kammerchor

Amazon | Apple Music

Messiah, Nic McGegan, Lorraine Hunt, Janet Williams and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Harmonia Mundi | Amazon | iTunes | Arkiv Music

Stabat Mater, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman – Academy of Ancient Music, Les Talens Lyriques, Christopher Hogwood, Christophe Rousset

Decca Records | Amazon | Presto Music

Messiah Highlights, Sir Andrew Davis & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir – John Aler & Samuel Ramey & Kathleen Battle & Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Spotify | Amazon

Messiah, Les Arts Florissant, William Christie

Harmonia Mundi | Spotify | Amazon

Messiah, Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers

H&H Society | Arkiv Music

Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Spotify | Amazon

Production Credits

Episode 2 of the Seraphic Saturday Podcast is made possible by The Clinton Family Fund, Bruce and Martha Clinton.

Producer: Alexis Aimé
Engineer: Paul John Rudoi
Fact Checker: Sara Guttenberg
Announcer: Thomas McCargar
Host: Patrick Dupre Quigley

GUESTS (in order of appearance)
Nic McGegan
Brad Diamond
Clara Osowski
Nola Richardson
Guy Fishman
Reggie Mobley
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