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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 (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,827 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
See all 19 tracks on this disc
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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Messiah

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Papageno on 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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169 of 172 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2004
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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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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Nano on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scotpacker on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2012
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This performance dates originally from 1966, with this particular reissue being put out in 1993. It is a very fine performance in several ways, which is not surprising given the artists involved. The recorded sound is not bad in general, although not to the standards that we are routinely led to expect nowadays. The only significant problem I have with it concerns the higher soprano reaches in the choruses, where the tone seems a bit emaciated. I also suspect that the big climaxes at Hallelujah and Amen were probably rather grander in real life than they are allowed to sound here, but the Amen at least comes over impressively whatever my minor misgivings. I have no difficulties with the sound provided to the solo voices or the LSO, and clarity of the choir's enunciation is admirably served by the technical team throughout.

For me the main interest of the set is precisely its date. 1966 was early in the `authentic' movement, probably before it had established its credentials fully. Colin Davis was not one of the new school in the sense that, say, Hogwood or Pinnock were leading lights within it. His Messiah is at an interesting stage of the process, making more than just token concessions to the purists without going all the way with them. I sense some uncertainty and inconsistency in the style, but when all is said and done Davis is a lot closer to Pinnock in his approach than he is to the kind of Christmas tumble-throughs that we had been accustomed to on the BBC in the dark ages. Speeds are not controversial. Davis does not dawdle over For behold darkness or He was despised, but he does not hurry them either, and I was very interested to note that Pinnock, whose `authentic' credentials are impeccable, actually reverts to the old slow tempi in these numbers.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2010
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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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By E. Snelling on 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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