George Frederick Handel

Joy to the World (theme by Handel)

    Description by Brian Robins

    This famous Christmas carol uses music adapted from two numbers in Messiah, first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The text, based on Psalm 98, was written by theologian and poet Isaac Watts in 1719. It was set during the nineteenth century to a conflation of the chorus "Lift up your heads" (Part II) and the accompanied tenor recitative "Comfort ye" (Part I) by the Boston composer and music publisher Lowell Mason.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Mark Records 52700 MCD
    2018 Summit Records DCD 733
    2018 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    2018 Griot Hörbuch Verlag
    2018 K&K Verlagsanstalt KUK 130
    2018 Naxos 8578348
    2017 Fanfare Cincinnati FC 012
    2017 Warner Classics 0190295768096
    2017 Sono Luminus DSL 92216
    2017 De Montfort Music 88985417412
    2017 DSO Live DSOLIVE 009
    2017 Columbia / Sony Classical MS 6499
    2016 Paraclete GDWR 05
    2016 BYU Records YCD 0516 HLN
    2016 Decca 4784448
    2016 Real Gone Music RLGM 4005282PMI
    2016 Mark Records 52130 MCD
    2016 Sony Classical 88875183412
    2016 Griot Hörbuch Verlag
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88875032272
    2016 Griot Hörbuch Verlag
    2016 Masterworks / Sony Classical 88985359582
    2015 Razor & Tie / Real Gone Music 6400396
    2015 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    2015 Griot Hörbuch Verlag
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon
    2015 Guild Light Music GLCD 5233
    2015 Silva Classics SILKD 6049
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon
    2014 Sonoma 271
    2014 Somerset Entertainment / 'Tis the Season 62300
    2014 Sony Classical 88843099602
    2014 ABC Classics 4821693
    2014 Rhino / Warner Bros. WMTV 241
    2014 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    2014 Somerset Entertainment / 'Tis the Season 62299
    2014 Weisser Ring
    2014 Reflections / Somerset Group 61672
    2014 Guild / Guild Light Music GLCD 5222
    2013 Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
    2013 Warner Classics 5099940956626
    2013 Harmonia Mundi HMA 1957079
    2013 Somerset Entertainment / 'Tis the Season 60957
    2013 Decca
    2013 Collegium Records CSCD 306
    2013 Reflections / Reflections 60310
    2013 Stemik Music CD 107
    2013 Crimson / Crimson Productions CRIMCD 03
    2013 Somerset Entertainment / Somerset Group 60954
    2013 Warner Classics 2564651683
    2013 ABC Classics ABC 5346760
    2013 Coro COR 16117
    2013 Avalon Records 60286
    2013 Classic Music Company / MVD Audio MVD 5971A
    2013 Dynamic DYNCDS 7681
    2013 Decca 001902202
    2013 Decca
    2013 Platinum Legends / Sony Music 60760
    2012 Warner Classics 662426
    2012 Warner Classics 683899
    2012 Lifestyles 46020
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon 48068005
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 Gloriae Dei Cantores GDCD 054
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon B 001747402
    2012 TGG Direct 60266
    2012 MVD Audio MVD 5973A
    2012 Capriccio Records C 5160
    2012 Sonoma / Sonoma Entertainment SBDX 20576
    2012 CCT / EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099970516
    2012 Warner Classics
    2011 AAO Music / United Entertainment / United Multimedia BN 19062
    2011 Warner Classics 676003
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Westminster Choir College WCC 0691
    2011 L.I.R. (London Independent Records) / LIR Classics LIR 024
    2011 Decca
    2011 Decca 2782129
    2011 Dooload.de / Zebralution
    2011 Supraphon SU 40672
    2011 CD Listening Bar / Harp Music To Go 2119
    2011 Supernova Productions
    2011 Harmonia Mundi HMX 292822
    2011 Pueri Auri PA 22011
    2011 Altissimo 62182
    2011 Sonoma / Sonoma Entertainment SBX 20306
    2011 X5 Music Group X 5CD103
    2011 Kingsway Music KWCD 3262
    2011 EMI / Sparrow Records 488322
    2011 CNR / EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099908863
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099908435
    2011 Guild Light Music GLCD 5185
    2010 Opening Day Recordings 7388
    2010 Musical Heritage Society 5196961
    2010 Music Digital MDD 2007
    2010 MSR Classics 1347
    2010 Listen Records / Steinway & Sons STNS 50001
    2010 Haenssler 98609
    2010 Capriccio Records 7069
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099962936
    2010 Tompkins Square TSQ 2486
    2010 EMI / EMI Classics 1898128
    2010 Dorian 92117
    2010 Teldec 256468618
    2010 Decca
    2010 eOne EOMCD 2315
    2010 RCA Victor
    2010 Epic / RCA 88697757292
    2010 Arte Verum ARV 009
    2010 Delta / Zebralution
    2009 Jade / Milan
    2009 Sony Classical 752307
    2009 Jade / Milan
    2009 M&M / Music & Melody MUS 30202
    2009 Collectors' Choice Music CCM 2085
    2009 Jav / JAV Recordings JAV184
    2009 Maria Rota 5637573613
    2009 BIS 1833
    2009 MSR Classics 1325
    2009 NuGroove Music 2042
    2009 X5 Music Group 15898
    2009 Sony Classical 88697561732
    2009 Alba 262
    2008 Erato 69415
    2008 Immergent 81163
    2008 The Gift of Music CCL CDG1205
    2008 Immergent 81156
    2008 Vanguard Classics 192
    2008 Martingale 700692
    2008 Immergent 81161
    2008 Immergent 81154
    2008 Martingale 700662
    2008 Word Distribution 887758
    2008 Legacy / Play 24-7 PLAYX02
    2008 Martingale 700682
    2008 Brassjar 9654
    2008 Martingale 700602
    2008 Somerset Entertainment 41397
    2008 Immergent 81136
    2008 Song Digital / Zebralution
    2008 DRG 77506
    2008 Music Digital / Zebralution
    2008 Immergent 81162
    2008 Noel / Noel, 25306
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Martingale 700702
    2008 Song Digital / Zebralution
    2008 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88697344802
    2008 Sony Music Distribution 88697244142
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics / Sony Music Distribution 724414
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics / Sony Music Distribution 733336
    2007 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099951037
    2007 Warner Classics & Jazz 2564697379
    2007 Classic FM / Universal Distribution 4800354
    2007 St. Clair 352
    2007 Hänssler Classic / Haenssler 97017
    2007 Decca
    2007 Decca 4759180
    2007 Madacy 53090
    2007 Decca 000981702
    2007 BMG / St. Clair 35692
    2007 Sony BMG 711325
    2007 St. Clair 3459
    2007 Kultur 4212
    2007 Signum UK 108
    2007 Masterworks / Sony Classical Essential Classics 8869717008
    2007 Warner Classics 2564 69951-0
    2007 Daywind / Vital Communications 86
    2007 Sony Classical Essential Classics 88697143322
    2007 Naxos 857034445
    2007 St. Clair 69
    2006 Holland / Ross Records ROSS 66302
    2006 Turn Up the Music 2681
    2006 Buena Vista 861377
    2006 Immergent 284105
    2006 Harmonia Mundi HMX-2977079
    2006 North Star Music 224
    2006 Madacy 52688
    2006 Turn Up the Music 2598
    2006 Clarion 926
    2006 LaserLight 76056
    2006 Lumiere Records 1032
    2006 St Clair / St. Clair 9465
    2006 Harmonia Mundi 2978223
    2006 MSR Classics MS 1153
    2006 Northquest 216019
    2006 Madacy 52583
    2006 Laserlight 32818
    2006 Koch International 7585
    2006 Artemis Records 1665
    2006 Crimson Productions CRIMXMAS 001
    2006 Madacy 52306
    2006 Albemarle Records 1004
    2005 Capitol / Liberty 12263
    2005 Blumountain Records 907332
    2005 Sain 2317
    2005 Philips / Universal 4756398
    2005 Decca 000547102
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000538902
    2005 Doug Gefvert 2002
    2005 BMG Special Products / Sony Music Distribution / Sony Special Products 95994
    2005 M.A.C.E., Inc. 67314632
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 31538
    2005 Bergen / Bergen Digital / Bergen Digital Studio 7039
    2005 Sony Music Distribution 95103
    2005 Eroica Distribution 3224
    2005 Sony Classical 94769
    2005 Madacy 251569
    2004 Intersound 5869
    2004 Lifestyles 160056
    2004 New World Records NWCD 461
    2004 Compendia / Intersound 5780
    2004 BMG Special Products 48794
    2004 BMG Special Products 8772
    2004 Warner Classics / Warner Music 2564617392
    2004 Silverline Records 284021
    2004 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2531
    2004 Douglas Niedt / Niedt Records 80358
    2004 Decca 6153
    2004 London/Decca / Decca 4756153
    2004 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 50358
    2004 Koch / Koch International Classics KIC-7584
    2004 St. Clair 6313
    2004 Music Club Records MCCDX 030
    2004 Madacy 01059
    2004 BMG / BMG Special Products 484322
    2004 Reader's Digest Music 4046
    2004 St. Clair / Start 6320
    2004 Collectables 7323
    2003 Coeur De Lion 1961
    2003 Reader's Digest Music 4000
    2003 Bcd 4318
    2003 Chordant Music Group / Chordant / Doxology Records 17104
    2003 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 32145
    2003 Baby Einstein 860796
    2003 Medalist Entertainment 60125
    2003 Madacy 2913
    2003 IMM / In-Motion Marketing 803085
    2003 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4460
    2003 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3120
    2003 Koch / Koch International Classics 7557
    2003 Koch / Koch International Classics 7559
    2003 BMG / BMG Special Products 45791
    2003 Butterfly / Christian Records 3020
    2003 Marlene Young Records 4012
    2003 M & H Hawaii / MAH 1898
    2003 Naxos 8557160
    2003 Helíos / Hyperion CDH 55161
    2003 BMG / BMG Special Products 45972
    2003 Hyperion 67443
    2003 Reader's Digest Music 4003
    2003 Pure & Simple / Pure and Simple 9035
    2003 London/Decca / Decca 4750812
    2003 Maranatha Music / Dana Point Music 971780
    2003 Creative Street / Creative, Street 204
    2003 Decca 000131002
    2003 Gothic Records 49131
    2003 Genius Products / Genius Records 3057
    2002 St. Clair 6374
    2002 Alanna 5598
    2002 (Independently by Label) chammer
    2002 St. Clair / Premiere / Premiere Music Distribution 62232
    2002 St. Clair 6371
    2002 St. Clair / Premier / Premiere 62172
    2002 Koch 325002
    2002 Madacy 8250
    2002 Intersound 1907
    2002 EMI 6185
    2002 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5071
    2002 Silva America / Silva Treasury 5026
    2002 Guild 7234
    2002 Madacy 2621
    2002 London/Decca / Decca 473345
    2002 BMG Special Products 553094
    2002 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5067
    2002 Medalist Entertainment 60117
    2002 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 1917
    2002 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 85973
    2002 Eroica Classical Recordings / Eroica Distribution 30912
    2002 Legacy / Sony Classical 87769
    2002 Planet Media PML 1112
    2002 Direct Source 2032
    2002 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 1919
    2002 Sony Music Distribution 89788
    2002 Direct Source 1974
    2002 St. Clair 6378
    2002 Reader's Digest Music 9124
    2002 BMG / BMG Special Products 45854
    2002 Madacy 8251
    2002 Madacy 1920
    2002 Sony Classical 87771
    2002 London/Decca / Decca / Universal Distribution 472569
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 1043
    2001 Pegasus (Pinnacle) 0000405
    2001 (Independently by Label)
    2001 Orchard / Sony Music Distribution 801459
    2001 Pamplin Music 2267
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3229
    2001 ASV 2083
    2001 Pash Performance 7755
    2001 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 60356
    2001 BIS CD-1179
    2001 BIS 1179
    2001 Sony Classical / Sony Classical Essential Classics 89648
    2001 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 60781
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3238
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3225
    2001 BMG / BMG Special Products 45789
    2001 Sony Music Distribution 89468
    2001 Sony Music Distribution 89468
    2001 Sony Classical 89468
    2001 Pamplin Music 2215
    2001 Decca / Uptown/Universal 470022
    2001 Madacy 5293
    2001 Time/Life Music TCD 802
    2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3236
    2001 Decca 461784
    2001 Eroica Classical Recordings / Eroica Distribution 3070
    2000 Gothic Records 49120
    2000 Four Winds 3017
    2000 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3044
    2000 Laserlight / Camden / Delta Distribution 21724
    2000 Baby Genius 7717
    2000 Compose Records 9659
    2000 Sony Classical 89463
    2000 Pro Organo 7093
    2000 Camden / Delta Distribution 21726
    2000 eOne / Koch Classics 340572
    2000 Legacy 009
    2000 RCA Victor Red Seal / RCA 09026637122
    2000 Platinum Entertainment 1469
    2000 Bella Musica 319103
    2000 Maranatha Music 1289
    2000 Crimson Productions 283
    2000 Collegium Records COL303
    2000 Compose Records 9662
    2000 Word Distribution 62022
    2000 Mark Custom Recording / Mark Masters 3178
    1999 Sony Music Distribution 64354
    1999 EMI 4975402
    1999 Centaur Records 2449
    1999 Reader's Digest Music 9116
    1999 Capriccio Records 49105
    1999 Lifestyles 1759
    1999 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 357
    1999 Camerata Records 30CM545
    1998 Sony Music Distribution 33198
    1998 Madacy 2623
    1998 Resmiranda 8033
    1998 Sony Music Distribution 60802
    1998 Klavier Records 11085
    1998 Delos 3238
    1998 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 21234
    1998 Elektra / Erato 35810
    1998 London/Decca / Decca / London 460400
    1998 Capriccio Records / Laserlight 492283
    1998 SNE 640
    1998 Virgin 8747462
    1997 Collegium / Collegium Records CSCD 503
    1997 Sony Music Distribution 63305
    1997 Delta Distribution / Laserlight 55619
    1997 Columbia River Entert / Valmark 1084
    1997 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 365
    1997 Sony Music Distribution 62970
    1997 Intersound 1730
    1997 London/Decca 4550504
    1997 MetroMusic / Sophia Sounds 104
    1997 Sony Classical 63303
    1997 Time/Life Music 802
    1996 Capitol / EMI Music Distribution 66088
    1996 Absolute 7125
    1996 Retro Records 3540
    1996 Harmonia Mundi 290823/25
    1996 D'Note / D'Note Classics 2004
    1996 London/Decca / Decca / London 4550502
    1996 Sony Classical SFK 62698
    1996 Telarc Distribution 80416
    1996 Happy Holidays / Retro Music 3524
    1995 Cema / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 18318
    1995 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution CDC-55536
    1995 RCA Victor 68150
    1995 Intersound 1635
    1995 MLK / Sony Music Distribution 69253
    1995 Disques XXI / XXI 1472
    1995 Teldec / Elektra 99000
    1995 Elektra / Teldec 99000
    1995 John Marks Records 12
    1995 Laserlight 12529
    1995 London 4486142
    1994 Classical Heritage 1208
    1994 Vanguard Classics OVC-8050/3
    1994 Harmonia Mundi HMU-907079
    1994 Naxos 8550589
    1994 North Star Music 24
    1994 Cambria 1082
    1994 Special Music Company 4577
    1994 Classical Heritage 1207
    1994 Naxos 550188
    1994 Decca / London 443401
    1994 Summit Records DCD-146
    1994 Sony Music Distribution MFK 66300
    1994 Sony Music Distribution MFK 66300
    1993 Erato 92874-2
    1993 Sony Music Distribution MFK-53725
    1993 Newport Classic 85529
    1993 Crystal Records Dist. 430
    1993 Gothic Records G-49047
    1993 Hallmark 9720
    1992 Sony Classical SK-48235
    1992 RCA 61373-2
    1992 EMI Angel / CCT CDM-64613
    1991 London/Decca / London 433101-4
    1991 London/Decca / Decca / PolyGram 433010
    1991 Teldec 73135
    1990 Teldec 2292464432
    1990 RCA 2941
    1990 Philips / Philips 420180
    1990 Columbia 38302
    1989 Voix de l'Orient / Voix de L'Orient 515
    1989 A&M 9513
    1989 Collegium Records COLCD-111
    1987 RCA 6427-2-RG
    1986 CBS Masterworks / CBS Records MK-7033
    1986 CBS Records / Sony Classical 6369
    1985 Sun Scape Records 28
    1984 Ryko / Rykodisc 10004/5
    Citrus College 3097
    Eugene Concert Choir
    Evosound 70
    Jennifer Muhawi
    RWYA
    Sundown Records 1088
    RCA 3829
    Jason Budd 2264
    RFCM Symphony Orchestra
    Vox Allegretto 8406
    Sacred Heart League 82352007
    Revere 04
    EchoesofHeaven.com
    Varèse Sarabande 5441
    Definitive 60110
    Special Music / Special Music Company S2D-4596
    Woodbridge Flute Choir
    Universal Distribution 549062
    No-No-Betta
    Special Music Company 4500
    Capriccio Records / Laserlight 49230
    Proprius-AudioSource 9601
    Baby Einstein 630024
    RFCM Symphony Orchestra
    RFCM Symphony Orchestra
    Sony Music Distribution 28636
    Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus 7958
    Orchard
    Marks & Spencer 2203
    Special Music / Special Music Company 4568
    Disky 102
    Holborne Australasia SSCD02
    Direct Source 2401143
    Evosound 025
    Juston Records 1077
    Somerset Entertainment 38036
    Word Distribution 887793
    Archaeus
    Platinum Entertainment 10942
    RCA 1217
    Mark Custom Recording 3609
    Delta Distribution 26615
    Giannini Brass
    Sugo 236
    CUChicago
    Silver Swan 03112
    Silver Swan 03082
    BELART 4613372
    ABC Classics 4428863
    Capriccio Records 49107
    RCA 6559
    World Disc Music 4
    Platinum Entertainment 308
    Universal Music
    Summit Records 1001
    Morning Star Quartet
    Stairwell Carollers
    Daniel Ho Creations DHC 80101
    LDMI 8801
    Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet 6280
    Halford
    Angel City Music
    Exultate 11
    Regent 123
    MUF 001
    EMI Music Distribution 49097
    Sony Music Distribution 57478
    Unison 089841222222
    Linn Kezer and Jessica Summerv
    Met 203
    BBC Music Magazine 116
    Desert Sun Records
    Reader's Digest Music 2000
    Music Inc. 1003
    Henry Conner
    Texas Saxophone Quartet
    Jim Hendricks
    UNT College of Music
    Eccentric Progression Music
    Boston Pops Recordings 2
    Drapp Studios
    Madacy 53406
    Musica Mundial 8
    The Goffs
    Richardson Records 700002
    Nuevotron
    BMG Special Products 44576
    BMG Special Products 44577
    BMG Special Products 44578
    Saint Dominic Chapel 3518
    CBS Records 40441
    Variata 2464
    Sony Music Distribution 66300
    Mark Custom Recording 2892