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Published: Friday, April 18 2014 7:30 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 8:33 a.m. MDT

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Clovis, NM

Will it be streaming tonight as well?

Old Poet
Salt Lake City, UT

For April 18, congratulations Mormon Tabernacle Choir and guest vocalists. The final recording new week with be among the finest of Messiah recorded productions. Dr. Luke Howard devoted one and a half pages to Charles Jennens. Excellent! Howard repeated two of Jennens' jealous period critics attacks, better replaced by positive contributions of Dr. Ruth Smith's London Handel House Museum exhibit "The Man behind Handel's 'Messiah.'" Smith explored "the...character...of Handel’s great collaborator...." and saw Jennens as having "enormous influence on Handel’s life and work. ...librettist for...Saul and Belshazzar," Jennens "provided" Handel "with words that inspired some of his most challenging and exciting music. His carefully chosen scripture selection for Messiah" inspired "Handel to even greater creative heights...together these two men created one of the greatest musical works of all time. Smith credited Jennens' as "a major art collector; a Christian philanthropist; a devout defender of revealed religion; an encourager of other authors and composers; a loyal friend; and a forward-looking editor of Shakespeare. Exhibits were brought together throughout "the UK and beyond, for the first time" uniting "all known oil portraits of Jennens to" join "Handel House's magnificent portrait by Thomas Hudson."

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