Speaking of Handel’s Messiah, I recently reviewed Calvin Stapert’s new book Handel’s Messiah: Comfort for God’s People (Eerdmans, 2010). I found the book well organized, just the right length, and overall quite helpful. ChristianAudio is now offering Stapert’s book as a free audiobook (5.5 hrs; unabridged). Get it here.
Also, iTunes is selling a recording of the standard 1751 version of Messiah for $9.99. It comes packaged with about 20 hours of additional classical works (316 total tracks!). See here.