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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, 18 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Handel: Messiah (Audio CD)
I had a set of the original shellac 78s from which this set is taken. (Yes, I am that old!) This recording is a superb example of remastering. Anyone thinking that a 1946 recording couldn't be up to scratch should listen to this. It could have been recorded yesterday. It's clearer than the original, although that is probably because of improvements in sound reproduction technology over 60 years. Also, there's no hiss of shellac belting round under a steel needle and a big horseshoe magnet at 78rpm. Not a scratch or pop to be heard.

The performances are terrific. Isobel Baillie really KNOWS that her Redeemer liveth, for instance. There are a couple of places where I could take issue with Sargent's tempi, but that's the only criticism I have. "Their Sound is gone Out" is the superb choral version, far superior to any solo version IMO. For me, this is the definitive Messiah.

12/10. Using a Blu-ray player with upscaling facilities makes these discs even better. Dutton Labs really do deserve a medal.
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2014 14:36:13 GMT
film buff says:
I have a 3 disc LP set from Reader's Digest with the Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Choral Soc. by Sir Malcolm Sargent and that made me try a CD version. The CD version I got was by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Huddersfield Choral Soc.
The first thing I noticed was the slower tempo which I now prefer and the overall quality is superb! As you say, not a click or pop and I too, remember 78's. My favourite track being "Behold The Lamb Of God". The male voices in this recording is better than any other I've heard. That and the slower tempo makes it far superior to any "faster" recording in my opinion.
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