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Easter Oratorio / Magnificat [CASSETTE] Import

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Philadelphia at it's finest. 23 Mar. 2010
By Cooper J. Wright - Published on
As a musician, I revere the old recordings of Stokowski and Ormandy with the old Philadelphia. The strings are lush as usual, and whatever Philadelphia gives up in clarity from numbers, they gain in warmth and depth of such an ensemble. The singers are terrific, as are the instrumental soloists. de Lancie's aria (track 2) is the pinnacle of oboe performance with his pure phrasing shapes and soaring singing tone.

This is recording is an excellent version in the true old Philadelphia style, and is certainly not to be missed.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Honest modern day baroque 30 Sept. 2011
By Jose Gorostiza - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In the early sixties we got our baroque music from the likes of Boult, Beecham, Richter, Münchinger, Scherchen et al. Big monumental affaires with modern day instruments...lovely! Then, some clever gentlemen came along to tell us it was all wrong, they were the 'experts' and based their assertions in 'musicological research'; and so the recording companies shied away from established conductors to give this new breed a share of the business. A plethora of lackluster performances in so called 'original instruments' came along and they told us THAT was they way it all sounded in the XVII century...well, not quite! Firstly, intonation varied from town to town and region to region; Bach's organ was a whole tone above today's A 440 but most european cities were down half a tone and until 1935 there was no agreement in this matter; then most instruments were a mess, stringed ones had animal gut and were understandably opaque, and woodwinds and brass were unruly and normally out of tune and peoples ears were accustomed to this. If we could travel in time and have a seat in one of Beethoven's concerts in Vienna, I'm pretty sure we would be unpleaseantly surprised. It wasn't until the Industrial Revolution that musical instruments were technically proficient ushering in the era of the great orchestras of the XX century. Most so called 'original instrument' ensambles trick us by using replicas of old instruments were intonation and mechanical problems have been ironed out, and they now use stainlees steel wire strings although with a lower intonation to be ...'authentic'. And don't even get me started with so called countertenors! most of which today are really falsetto singers; the only reason for castratti (not the same as countertenors)in older times, was the church prohibition of women in liturgy; today we don't need them. It's all a lot of nonsensical musical revisionism. All this just to tell this lovely and wonderful disc of the Easter Oratorio with Ormandy. The performance is lively and exciting, singers are non operatic and it's all done with careful musicological consideration without any burdensome heavy ornamentation etc. In other words...modern day baroque, the way it should have always been...Bach would have loved it!
The Magnificat with Bernstein is not one of his best recordings and you can find any number of modern or historically 'correct' recordings far more satisfying, but this Easter Oatorio is what you really want!
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Bach a gran nivel 13 Sept. 2004
By felipe - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bernstein se hizo mucho mas famoso que Ormandy, y sin molestar a sus aficionados Ormandy logro con la Orquesta de Filadelfia niveles de belleza musical muy superiores. En este caso se pueden apreciar dos obras de distinta factura pero que nos muestran una parte de lo que ambos directores son capacez de alcanzar.

El oratorio de Pascua es bello, vibrante, emotivo, exquisito, es una obra coral de innegable valor en la historia de la musica religiosa, no alcanza la notoriedad de La pasion segun San Mateo, pero no por ello desmerecedora de todo elogio merecido, Ormandy y la Orquesta de Filadelfia son como siempre inigualables, con sonidos pulcros, perfectos y claros, lo único que podemos encontrar negativo son los solistas y no por calidad sino por conocimiento, son grandes cantantes pero no muy populares, en realidad las grabaciones son de los años sesenta por lo que muchos de ellos seran desconocidos (aunque Forrester y Lewis tienen su prestigio) por los nuevos aficionados a la música clásica, en todo caso muchos de ellos pueden encontrarse en grabaciones del mismo Ormandy, Bernstein, Walter, Schippers o Boulez. Si no los han escuchado es un buen momento para comenzar.

Bernstein y el Magnificat estan en buena forma, aunque a nuestro querido director le falta fuerza y le sobra seriedad, el vigor y la alegria de la música se alejan de Bernstein. La Orquesta Filármonica de Nueva York es una de las grandes aunque en un oratorio barroco no alcanza a manifestarse en su totalidad.

Los solistas como en Ormandy no son los mas famosos pero en ningún caso les quita mérito, tienen gran belleza vocal y toman su papel en cada parte del Magnificat como les corresponde, disfruten estas obras como lo que son, lo mas grande de las obras corales jamas compuestas.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bernstein!!! 16 May 2014
By Novelismo - Published on
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Bernstein's magnificent recording. I've been listening to Bernstein's performance of the Magnific for nearly fifty years. .... and I think that says it all. This, the Archiv recording of the Messe in H Moll and Agnelle Bundervoet playing Busoni's transcption of the Chaconne in D for Solo Violin. These will help your soul heal
5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Fine music for any time of the year! 25 Dec. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you already know the music of Bach, it's easy to expalin you what you going to hear, but if you are not I'm trying to tell you. This music is deep, warm and mystical. I'm not so big fan of classical music, but this one really suprised me. It's very taste and relaxing, keeps your mind far away of everyday troubles and leaves your mind free to fly with good and peaceful thoughts. Nice ffor christmas, but not only. Just fine-fine music.
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