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Handel: Messiah CD


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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000051YDC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,441 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. Chorus: 23. The Lord gave the word - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KC on 7 Jan 2008
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Davis classic recording in even higher fidelity. This is a superb Messiah. The speeds are reverential without being too slow. The soloists are fine and modern instruments are used to good affect.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2008
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This version of Messiah played on modern instruments strikes me as being similar in feeling to a well tailored classical blazer. It is refined, contained, and very pleasant. It has a rather large sound and very good soloists. The choral singing has moments of great beauty and the large sound of the orchestra manages to create moments of subtle delicacy. The soloists reach moments of great operatic drama and beauty with deep feeling within the context of an overall restrained reading. It is not the best Messiah recording ( I think the best are the period instrument performances of Christie on Harmonia Mundi, Hogwood on L'Oiseau-Lyre and Parrott on Virgin) but it is a very good interpretation on modern instruments with good to excellent soloists and many moments of deep feeling.
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By Dave Jeffery on 2 Oct 2013
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Wonderful version of a classic. Sublime opening and some glorious moments so sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy.
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Amazon.com: 10 reviews
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary Messiah in first class sound 18 May 2004
By R. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Colin Davis and Philips made this recording in 1965 with forces Davis was very familiar with. Any collector who has sampled his Berlioz and Mozart opera and choral recordings form the 1960s and 1970s will certainly recognize any of the solists and tell you they are all up to the highest standards.
Unlike many Messiah recordings of its time, Davis elected to only use as many players and singers as would have been used in Handel's time. The orchestra uses traditional instruments, not period instruments. But by scaling down the size of the orchestra, the soloists are much more prominent, and the effect has greater subtlety than performances with larger forces that were common at the time.
That this recording has withstood the test of time is a testimony in itself to the merits it has. Philips certainly has the rights to one of the finest Messiah recordings ever in the set conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, but instead they elected this recording for their 50 year celebration, and I second the choice. Davis elicits ensemble unity from the orchestra, choir, and solists that I have rarely ever heard in Messiah.
Nice as the Gardiner is, this is by a longshot my first choice of a Messiah.
The recording was of demonstration quality on LP. And the first CD mastering wasn't bad either. I used it for many demonstrations when CDs were new. But was I stunned when I got this remastering. I didn't think it could possibly be improved, but I was totally wrong. The restoration is even more vivid, balanced, and lifelike than before, and there is nothing digitally phony about it.
Philips elected to not issue this in the USA, but thanks to Amazon it is available, at least at this writing. But get it now, for it will probably not last. Rumors has it that when first run copies of any of the Philips 50 series are sold, no additional copies are planned.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Yes, it's great, but I don't hear great sound 4 Nov 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned and loved this performance of the Messiah since its first release in the mid-Sixties. I'd hoped to hear it in good sound one day. The original LPs were somewhat muffled and thin. The first Philips digital release on CD--the same one being sold now as a two-fer in their Duo series--was still thin and had early-digital glare and harshness. It was only a half step forward.

Other reviewers extol this new 24 bit/ 96 hz remastering as the solution to all those earlier defects. to my ears it isn't. There is still a marked shrillness in the violins, and unless you play the music at low volume, solo voices are covered with a noticeable metallic sheen. It's unfortunate, but in other respects, especially clarity, this is the best reissue sonically, as everyone agrees.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Superb re-release of a fine performance 4 Jun 2005
By Robert Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
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Philips has done it right. The recording quality here is superb, far better than the two other CD releases of this performance, and even better than the Dutch vinyl pressing.

Musically, the star of this show is soprano Heather Harper. She recorded this at age 33 with profound devotion to Handel, fine ornamentation, flawless technique and diction, and pure but solid light-middleweight lyric soprano sound. It's a pleasure to hear the subtle but artful way she darkens her enunciation on the high notes to counterbalance the inevitably lighter tone quality up there. It's fascinating to compare this with her also fine but very different (darker sound, no ornamentation) recording with Jackson two years earlier.

Otherwise, the choral singing and orchestral playing have moments of greatness, particularly the overture and "Great was the company." The other soloists are not bad, but better is available. The Westenburg recording remains the all-time standard against which all others can be judged.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Old Recording, Great Performance. 11 Jan 2013
By Daniel M. Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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Handel. Messiah. Sir Colin Davis Conducting The London Symphony Orchestra And Choir.
This is a great performance of the Handel Messiah by both the orchestra and choir, but the recording is from 1966, and shows some artifacts of the recording processes and recording mediums, both old and new. This old recording shows some evidence of tape hiss, microphone overloading/air passing by, rumble from the recording machinery, and the somewhat strident sound of the CD recording medium. We get the worst recording artifacts of both the analog and digital recording mediums. At least we did not get the brittle kazoo type of sound breakup evident on the early CD's, which had a more primitive digital sampling rate. For this CD, I think the best playback setting is "straight wire with gain", meaning a flat setting, -not using tone controls or equalizers, just the volume control. Emphasizing the bass will make the rumble more evident, emphasizing the treble will make the hiss more evident and show the screechingly strident sound of the cd recording medium (as opposed to the relatively mellow sound of the old LP's). The orchestra does not overwhelm the choir, and the microphones are close enough to the choir to enable us to hear the words clearly, without the words becoming lost in a muddle of room echoes (a common problem with choir recordings). This is another case where we have to overlook the limitations of the recording process and just enjoy the music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If You Have to Own Only One Copy of Messiah, this is the One. 20 Nov 2013
By max post - Published on Amazon.com
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This is now a pretty old recording of the "Messiah" by the London Symphony, but I've still not heard one its equal. It was a ground-breaker in its time for stripping away masses of instruments and voices and returning the music to something close to the instrumentation one imagines Handel wrote for. The singers are phenomenal, not just Heather Harper, who is given star billing but also alto Helen Watts, bass John Shirley-Quirk and particularly tenor John Wakefield. This is not a "Messiah" that tries to blow you out of your seat, but rather invites you in with the great restraint of conductor Colin Davis. Where some versions hit the "Halleliuah" and everything after is anticlimax, the famous chorus is restrained, somewhat at any rate and by comparison, and the piece allowed to continue on a high, with wonderful renditions of "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, "O Grave Where is Thy Victory" and "A Trumpet Shall Sound." There is even power left over for a fine "Amen."
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