A Russian Handel

Written in 1741 by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), a German-born English composer, the Messiah is perhaps the most famous oratorio in the English language. Focused on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ—spanning from the prophecies of the old covenant to his fulfillment of the scriptures in the Gospel—this composition is universally adored. In our own day, there is an archbishop of the Orthodox Church with a similar flair for musical…