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Handel: Messiah (DG The Originals)

Trevor Pinnock Audio CD
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Is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.

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  • Audio CD (13 Mar 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000E0LBAO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
2. 1. Accompagnato: Comfort ye, My people - Howard Crook, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
3. 2. Air: "Ev'ry Valley shall be exalted" - Howard Crook, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
4. 3. Chorus: "And The Glory Of The Lord" - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
5. 4. Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, John Tomlinson
6. 5. Air: "But who may abide the day of his coming" - Michael Chance, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
7. 6. Chorus: "And He shall purify the sons of Levi" - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
8. 7. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive - Anne Sofie von Otter, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
9. 8. "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" - Anne Sofie von Otter, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
10. 10. Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover - John Tomlinson, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 22. Chorus: "Surely He hath borne our griefs" - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
2. 23. Chorus: "And with His stripes we are healed" - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
3. 24. Chorus: "All we like sheep have gone astray" - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
4. 25. Accompagnato: All they that see Him - Howard Crook, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
5. 26. Chorus: He trusted in God - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
6. 27. Accompagnato: "Thy rebuke hath broken His heart" - Howard Crook, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
7. 28. Arioso: "Behold and see" - Howard Crook, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
8. 29. Accompagnato: He was cut off - Arleen Augér, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
9. 30. Aria: But thou didst not leave - Arleen Augér, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
10. 31. Chorus: Lift up your heads - The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert Choir
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all you could wish for 12 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've heard recordings conducted by Mackerras, Parrott, Suzuki, Sargent and others - all of them with much to offer - but this is my favourite. Playing, singing and recording are all first rate, but more than that, this is the only disc, in my experience, that gives us Handel's setting of The Greatest Story Ever Told with the requisite profundity and nobility, while never sounding heavy or too slow. I can see why it was the BBC's Building a Library first choice in the 90s.

There are only two possible problems, hardly worth mentioning. First, the recording of the end lacks impact for some reason - so just increase the volume for the final choruses. Second, John Tomlinson's voice and interpretation gave me great pleasure, but his operatic approach differs from that of his excellent colleagues. I have to say it doesn't bother me. A wonderful release!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight - very beautiful 14 Nov 2008
By MJDR
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You have to have the volume up above 1/2 way to get the full benefit of the solos. That said, it is a wonderful masterpiece, performed beautifully - the sort of CD that it will take a long time to get bored with! It comes with the words, so you can sing along - but like me, you probably already know them! I am especially pleased that I decided to buy this CD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy! 28 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this recording almost 20 years ago and it still is one that I come back to again and again. The recording quality (like much of the Archiv otuput) is excellent, and the choir and orchestra are first rate. There are no disappointing soloists - and all combine to provide and thrilling rendition of this great Oratorio. Even if you aren't a big fan of original instruments, the warmth and vibrancy of this recording are at times profoundly moving. I can't recommend this recording highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 2 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you must have this work on period instruments, this is it! Buy it! I have four others Messiahs on period instruments, but this is the best of those four I have. The orchestra, choir and solists is top nocht. Espesiially Anne Sofie von Otter. The tempos is correct. I just love it. The choir is not too small here, The choir is one of the best chamber choir in the world.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I'm rather disappointed with the sound quality of this CD. I really like the small scale of the performance, and it is beautifully played and sung. However, the sound is so vague, distant and lacking in clarity that I feel I'm miles away from what is going on. With a small-scale version like this, I want to be right in amongst the players, but they sound too far away. There isn't enough impact or presence to the music.

The music also has an unnatural feel to it, as if it has been over-processed on a computer. The result is that the diction of all the singers, both choir and soloists, is poor. Other reviewers have criticised Jon Tomlinson, the bass, but of all the singers on this recording, the sound quality does him the least favours.

I found I was constantly turning up the volume just to hear what was going on. I found my attention wandering, and the work dragging. Listening with headphones did not improve the experience either.

So overall, a very reasonable price from Amazon, but rather disappointing. I'm puzzled as to why this recording has received such enthusiastic reviews on Amazon, and in the Penguin Classics guide. I am fairly new to Messiah, and I can now see why so many of its followers are on a ceaseless quest to find the one version they really like. I reckon I have now joined them.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb Messiah, one of the very best 24 Jan 2007
By KC
Format:Audio CD
This is a magnificent recording. It is played on period instruments but is regal and devotional in nature. The singing is uniformly exquisite. If you are considering an authentic Messiah this is the one on every count; a masterpiece!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely 10 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love this recording. Anne Sofie Von Otter and Arleen Auger ( we will allways have your beautiful voice with us) are brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5-STAR ISSUES CAN VARY 21 April 2012
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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In his interesting liner note with this 2006 Archive Originals reissue Anthony Burton tells us that `speeds are on the whole on the fast side'. In case this has you expecting Hogwood-style speed record attempts, be not afraid. Speeds are sometimes distinctly slow, almost pre-authentic speeds, and e.g. Behold darkness and He was despised are taken little if at all faster than Beecham takes them. In general Pinnock's tempi are pretty average. The one number that struck me as really speedy was His yoke is easy, and I like the lightness of foot that Pinnock achieves, even if I can't shake off my hankering for the sauntering speed that Beecham adopts, almost as if he were swinging his cane.

If all that suggests that this is an `authentic' performance, but of the approachable rather than the uncompromising school, that would be the right impression. It uses the approved sort of instruments, and the chorus contains 32 singers. The text used is exactly the same text as in the more recent Cleobury account, now available on Brilliant Classics, so if that was Handel's 1752 version then so must this one be. Discreet ornamentation and the occasional little cadenza are allowed, very sparingly in Comfort ye I am happy to report and even in He shall feed His flock (which is only several repetitions of the same tune), and the only cadenza of any length is to The trumpet shall sound, which, as the longest number in the entire work, can support it very well. One interesting decision is to have two altos, Anne-Sofie von Otter and Michael Chance, and the liner even deigns to tell us which is singing when. The other soloists are Arleen Auger, Howard Crook and John Tomlinson, fine artists all but not names that spring immediately to mind as `Early Music' types.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I have several recordings of the Messiah and have sung the work on countless occasions. This version has become one of my favourites.
Published 7 months ago by Geoff Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot go wrong
There are huge number of recordings of Handel's masterpieces on the market. Many are very good indeed. This is an exceedingly good 'middle of the road' version. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Swallow
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
The English Concert was one of the first, and best, of the original instrument orchestras and, with DG, got some of the very best recordings. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John HOLLAS
5.0 out of 5 stars A great modern performance based of an historic work
I have always liked Trevor Pinock's interpretation of baroque works, and this is no exception. Well balanced, lovely pace and expression throughout. Read more
Published 18 months ago by P. T. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars i received this as a gift
i received this as a gift to replace a much-loved but now unusable version. it is just as good quality as the original and ain a much more compact case, which is a bonus
Published 20 months ago by john charlesworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds a bit dated and tired today
With today's standards, this sounds a bit heavy-handed with a too large orchestra and choir. It is still a good recording, possible the best of the 80's alongside Gardiner's more... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Petpap
5.0 out of 5 stars For me it is definitive.
I have had this recording for so many years. I listen to it each Autumn and love it over and over never bored. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2010 by Mr. CP Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle graceful small choir sound
The soloists are very good, Croft is the weakest. The chorus and instrumental forces are too small. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by Marcolorenzo
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