No debate here. I just wanted to share a wonderful experience with you folks. I just finished listening to Handel's Messiah all the way through. Took about three hours counting breaks. I've heard the Hallelujah Chorus many times but never the entire symphony. I can't describe the range of emotion I felt as I listened. At times I was crying like an italian mother and at other times I was raising my hands and shouting like a hyper charismatic. During the finale I almost fainted. If you get a CD of it, don't let the first few minutes of it discourage you. It takes a little patience. But make sure you get the words and follow the story line. It's not an opera - it's more like a scripture recitation. Operatic singing can be hard to listen to when you're not used to it. Personally, I find soprano solos to be downright painful. But the good parts make it a big return on the investment. Feel the excitement of opus 12 "Unto us A Child Is Born" (Wonderful, Counselor, The Everlasting Father) Feel the sorrow of opus 23 "He Was Despised" Behold our Lord's heartbreak in opus 29 "Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart" Experience the victory of the resurrection in opus 33 "Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates" Worship the Lord God Omnipotent in opus 44 "Hallelujah" Listen to the comforting beauty of opus 45 "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth" Feel the power in the Bass voice of opus 48 "The Trumpet Shall Sound" And rise to your feet for the glorious anthem in the grand finale, opus 53 "Worthy Is The Lamb"! Sorry if this post sound like a commercial. Soli Deo Gloria!