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The definitive Messiah; RPO conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham,
This review is from: Handel: Messiah (Audio CD)
This unique three-disc set comes with excellent notes and includes an essay by Sir Thomas. The work was digitally re-mastered to produce excellent tonal balance throughout and incredible full frequency sound from the original 1959 recording. Some slight noise is experienced on the very best of modern reproductive equipment, but this does not seriously detract from the performance which ought to to be in every serious collectors possession. Orchestration is by Sir Eugene Goosens, while Sir Thomas admits to some modernisation of the instrumental parts. The soloists are excellent and I especially enjoyed the singing of Monica Sinclair, Mezzo-Soprano though I feel it is unfair to select just one. The third disc in this set contains an appendix of several pieces that over the years have been omitted from Messiah which makes this the definitive and unique album for this work. I am especially pleased to have bought it for myself some years ago and also to have discovered an old edition of Sir Thomas' autobiography, recently republished, entitled "A mingled chime" which complements my collection. This is not for playing only at Christmas.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2012 18:57:58 GMT
I know that a lot of people like Beecham's cymbals and trombones version of 'Messiah' in Goosens's performing edition, and indeed it has lots of verve and energy. But it is many miles away from what Handel actually wrote, so to describe it as 'definitive' seems misleading, to me. Jacobs, Butt and Suzuki, Pinnock, John Eliot Gardiner and many others have recorded excellent, faithful versions ; this one is eccentric in the extreme.
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