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Handel - Messiah

18 Jun. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 18 Jun. 2012
  • Release Date: 18 Jun. 2012
  • Label: Violet Hill Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Violet Hill Records
  • Total Length: 2:20:44
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  • ASIN: B008IHNYLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,327 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T.J.Byford on 25 Mar. 2011
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In 1959, when I was 14 years old my father bought me a 7" mono EP of three excerpts of this recording, no doubt believing I needed some uplifting music! The "Hallelujah" Chorus, of course, went down very well, but I thought the other two tracks were a bit heavy going, and perhaps not helped by the rather soggy sound of my father's HMV radiogram.

In the intervening years, I have listened to a number of live performances and had acquired several recordings on CD and which I subsequently passed on as none gave me the same feeling of joy as when I listened to that original mono recording of Hallelujah, all those years ago. Oddly, the one recording I didn't try was this one, mainly because I missed its being released. It has been a long time coming, but for me now, I have the perfect recording and performance of this work.

Reading Sir Malcolm's original 1959 liner notes which have been retained for this release, is a revelation in itself. Even way back then he was pointing out the deficiencies and problems faced with trying to create an "authentic" performance when Handel left so little behind to guide a conductor as to how the work should be performed. Essentially then, what we hear today has more to do with the conductor's vision as opposed to Handel's.

"Messiah" is an English Oratorio in the true sense, it is not something sung in an English translation of a foreign text. It therefore benefits from having native singers whose diction is first rate. And you certainly get this from the singers on this recording. Clear diction also extends to the 100 strong hand-picked members of the Huddersfield Choral Society, that great body of singers who have a tradition of singing Messiah in their blood.
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There are so many recordings of Messiah, in an almost equal number of interpretations, that comparing them is exceedingly difficult. I may be odd but dependent upon the mood I am in I sometimes enjoy a full orchestra, large choir with an almost Victorian interpretation, whereas at other times a more original setting appeals to the purist in me (if I dare venture such a quality). So I have several versions and pick and choose dependent upon my mood. This recording gives a brilliant interpretation if its kind and I am pleased to have it. Played it in the car a few evenings ago during a somewhat tedious journey down the M5 - how the time passed!
What I would really enjoy, but have never found so such a thing might not exist, is a John Tobin recording - brilliant interpretation which I heard several times in the RFH.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Bennett on 13 Jan. 2011
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I have collected several versions of Haendel's Messiah over the years, and this one is by far the best. Brilliant choral and solo singing, fast-paced but never rushed, superb solos, a really exciting version of this great classic.
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Karl Richter is basically a German musician. The idiom of German interpretation (think of Furtwangler) is different from the British, Italian or French tradition. One can love it or not. I do. The German tradition has the feeling of a mystery and is often hieratic. It brings out different qualities of music, and of Handel in particular. I love it as I love Richter's interpretations of Bach. But certainly they cannot be measure by the dominant British standards, Pinnock, Gardiner, McCreesh or Bernstein, or Davies. It one remembers about this - this interpretation I marvelous.
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By Papageno on 25 Mar. 2015
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The review by Princess Idea seems to have wrongly linked to this version. The version they refer to is the Sir Malcolm Sargent performance for a Reader's Digest release in the 1960's. This version dates from 1959 with Elsie Morison, Marjorie Thomas, Richard Lewis and one of the last recordings made by James Milligan, before his untimely death. Wonderful throughout and a testament to great performances.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By COLBETH on 12 Jan. 2012
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This is a fine recording by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen Choir and Orchestra,
with an excellent line-up of soloists. With relatively small forces the balance of the choir sections, the clarity of pronunciation and feeling for the words are very noticable. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.M.E on 7 Dec. 2013
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I really enjoy the choir, orchestra and conductor of this edition. It takes my back nearly to my childhood. I listen to it in the night when I cannot get to sleep because of pain. it is wonderful in every way.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. Snelling on 20 Sept. 2008
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Bought this disc on the back of a rave review from one of the Sunday papers (Times, I think) but have been rather disappointed. the soloists are fine but the choral and orchestral parts sound thin and anaemic to me. I'm going to look for a more 'traditional' version like the Colin Davis perhaps. I'm untutored in music but this version seems to lack conviction, which is what I think Messiah needs. Maybe a more knowledgeable person would like this but it doesn't stir me (or it appears, the performers)the way I think The Messiah should.
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