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Handel: Messiah [CD]

Colin Davis, Colin Davis Audio CD
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  • Performer: Heather Harper, Helen Watts, John Wakefield, John Shirley-Quirk
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel
  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2009)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Duo
  • ASIN: B00000416H
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony - London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
2. 1. Accompagnato: Comfort ye, My people - John Wakefield, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
3. 2. Air: Ev'ry Valley shall be exalted - John Wakefield, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
4. 3. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
5. 4. Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord - John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
6. 5. Air: "But who may abide the day of his coming" - Helen Watts, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
7. 6. Chorus: And He shall purify the sons of Levi - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
8. 7. Recit: Behold, a Virgin shall conceive 8. Aria:O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion 9. Coro - Helen Watts, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
9. 10. Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth 11. Aria: The people that walked in darkness - John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
10. 12. Chorus: "For unto us a Child is born" - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
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Disc: 2
1. Chorus: Surely He hath borne - And with His stripes - All we like sheep - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
2. 25. Accompagnato: All they that see Him - John Wakefield, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
3. 26. Chorus: He trusted in God - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
4. 27. Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart - John Wakefield, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
5. 28. Arioso: Behold and see - John Wakefield, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
6. Recitativo accompagnato: He was cut off - Air: But Thou didst not leave - Heather Harper, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis, John Wakefield
7. 31. Chorus: Lift up your heads - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
8. Recitativo: Unto which of the angels - Chorus: Let all the Angels - John Wakefield, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis, London Symphony Chorus
9. 34a. Air: "Thou art gone up on high" - Helen Watts, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis, John Shirley-Quirk
10. 36. Air: How beautiful are the feet - Heather Harper, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
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2CD London Symph.Choir&Orch./Davis

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To correct previous reviews 7 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
This recording was made in 1966, so is all the more remarkable, considering the plethera of recordings to date. John Wakefield is an unsual choice, with a suitable heroic ring to the voice. John Shirley-Quirk, as ever, brilliant, with Helen Watts a smooth and sonorous Contralto. The final soloist, Heather Harper is fresh and brilliant of sound. The whole direction by Sir Colin Davis, with the LSO is captivating. Do not miss this chance to own.
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165 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden oldie 10 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a CD version of an 80's recording which is so good I've stuck with it rather than going for a newer one. The LSO chorus are excellent, light-footed and accurate; Colin Davis takes them through some of the numbers at high speed but they make it sound easy (it isn't, as anyone who's sung Messiah will know). Helen Watts is a beautiful and moving alto soloist and John Shirley-Quirk is also outstanding.
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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording to date 30 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Don't be put off by the fact that the original recording was made in the 1980s. It's been re-engineered and is simply top notch! This is by far the best recording I've ever come across. The fact that it's on a Phillips label doesn't hurt either. The orchestra (LSO)is just right--not too heavy, not too light, and the interpretations are superb. Can't go wrong with the label, the orchestra, or the composer.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good traditional reading 27 Sep 2010
By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this because it was cheap. Overall, I got what I paid for.

I confess I like the more recent, smaller ensemble versions of "Messiah", my particular favourite being the Pinnock/English Concert version. For an older recording, I've always liked the Mackerras/ECO recording, which was a sort of half-way house (modern instruments, but smaller ensemble and counter-tenor (memorably Paul Esswood)) between Pinnock and this recording .

Generally, this was very well played and sung. However, I found some of the tempi much too slow and elephantine (such as that of the opening Overture), but this was the traditional approach. The soloists are generally very good, handling the Handel repeating "Sha-hay-hay-hay-hay-hay-hay" enunciations well, without slurring them into a continuous moan, as can happen. The "Rejoice greatly" is the 4/4 version, and is, I think, the best of that version I've heard. The orchestra is first-class.

This is not a version to which I would return often, but it is high up in the second division, and a perfect recommendation for those who prefer the traditional approach.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories restored 15 Jan 2011
By Gordon
Format:Audio CD
My mother used to own a copy of the Messiah on Record. It went in a classic "clear out" of records and she's been asking for it for a few years so.. I brought this CD version for her for Christmas and she loved it! Now, I'm no expert with classical music but she knows Handel's messiah well. Anything with the London symphony and Sir Colin Davies will be great as far as I have heard. The singing is also top-class. This version will not let you down if it's a solid, true-to-the-original version you are looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Handel 10 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
What joy this gave me over the Christmas period. Had to play it when my wife was out though, since it is not her taste. Many people cannot seem to enjoy the piece as a whole and see the less glorious passages as boring and laborious but these serve as a great introduction and contrast to the sublime passages. For me it is utterly amazing to purchase and enjoy Handel's Messiah in such great quality sound at such a low cost. This production shows so clearly how much Handel understood of the glory of the subject matter he was dealing with. Absolutely marvellous!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes, Yes! 21 Oct 2008
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This is more like it. I bought the Harry Christopher/Sixteen version and was left unmoved by it. This however, was sublime - fantastic soloists, an orchestra and chorus that sounded as if they meant it, a wonderful range of emotion beautifully realised. To me this is what a performance of the Messiah should sound like. The other reviewers got this one spot-on. I can only 'rejoice greatly' for such a recording.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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In the same way that Naxos' New College Oxford recording of "Messiah" is an example of the English Cathedral tradition, this recording is a great sample of the choral society tradition. Although the recording includes some huge names from the world of classical music, I was not over-enthralled by the recording as a whole. The age of the recording (1966) is made obvious in the quality of sound, and the entire ensemble is too big to hear the words properly, and of course this is reflected in the acoustic. The presentation is acceptable, but the sleeve notes are inadequate and the text is not provided. However, what this recording does have is drama and vigour in abundance.

The chorus sing very accurately (particularly the tenors), with good intonation and, for a choral society, with relatively clear diction. The orchestra are accurate enough, but tend to go for the loud "wow" factor, instead of focussing on the more intimate details of the score. Such huge choral and orchestral forces do not allow for sufficient clarity in parts, particularly in the lower registers.

However, the greatest fault with this recording is the soloists. The opening tenor solo "Comfort ye" is attacked by John Wakefield, with an inappropriately dominating vibrato. The Soprano, Heather Harper, simply belts out "I know that my redeemer liveth", particularly in the higher register, with a style more akin to Puccini than Handel. Helen Watts gives an assured and heart-felt performance of "But who may abide", and she has a real strength in her lower register, but, again, the style is too grand and operatic for the subtle details and intricate workings of the score.
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5.0 out of 5 stars surrounded by sound
\delicious as I knew it would be. Such a bargain buy too - exactly as promised - excellent condition and exactly what I wanted.
Published 27 days ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly
What more can I say! This performance of Handel's Messiah is one of the best I've ever heard on CD.
Published 1 month ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
As I took part in performing this work it was essential to listen to it many times as we had only one rehearsal before the performance at St. John,s Smith Square on Dec. 15th
Published 3 months ago by millie addington
5.0 out of 5 stars epic
always a joy to listen to this was a present for a loved one who has always listened to this piece of religious music.
Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline West
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Purchased for another member of the family who is doing a show to this music, easy to learn from, great delivery.
Published 5 months ago by Sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite "Messiah"
For anyone that wants a "traditional" Handel Messiah, then look no further than this 1966 recording. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Varian Beauregard
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great music, get into your favorite chair, turn up the volume and enjoy. The music will engulf you, stimulate and calm. Simply sublime.
Published 9 months ago by Puglia Birdman
5.0 out of 5 stars A good find.
Bought this for a friend who loved it.
It was good that it could be sent straight to her address.
Published 11 months ago by Puffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for the Religious
Awe inspiring, magical and rousing. Nearly everyone.has heard of, if not heard, the.Hallelujah Chorus but Handel's Messiah is so much more than that. Read more
Published 12 months ago by glory
5.0 out of 5 stars Who could possibly not love this most magnificent of concert...
Written in just 23 days, Handel's magnificent "Messiah (N.B. not "The" Messiah) should be heard around the world, should be a standard part of all schools' music... Read more
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