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  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (20 April 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001SGFM26
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In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of George Frideric Handel and the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge comes a brand new recording of Handel's crowning masterpiece, the oratorio Messiah.

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge will perform Handel's Messiah, on Palm Sunday, 5 April 2009, in the magnificent setting of King's College Chapel. The performance will be conducted by Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King's, and features the Academy of Ancient Music and soloists Ailish Tynan, Alice Coote, Allan Clayton and Matthew Rose.

The concert will be shown live by major cinema chains in the UK - including Picturehouse Cinemas, Empire Cinemas, Curzon Cinemas, Everyman and Screen on the Green - the first ever live cinema broadcast of a choral concert.

The CD recording of the concert is released on the 20th April.

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To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge and to mark Handel's 250th anniversary of the composer's death a live concert of Handel's Messiah was held at King's College Chapel on April 5, 2009 (Palm Sunday). This concert was broad casted to over 85 movie theaters throughout Europe. The concert was performed by the Choir of King's College, soloists from the Royal Opera House and the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

The conjunction of the orchestra and the Choir is excellent, especially considering this being a live performance. The soloists did a fine job, especially Ailish Tynan (soprano). The sound of the registration is reasonably fine, but could have been better, a bit less direct and more balanced. Maybe the DVD version can convince more in the available surround mode(s). The DVD of this concert will come out later this year.

A beautiful performance that is well worth the buy! I personally find the Hogwood version of the Messiah (Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral) still the best and I can recommend that one if you are into the non massive choir performances.
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There are three CD recordings of Messiah that Cleobury and the King's College Choir have made. They have previously recorded the work for Decca/Argo in 1992 and also taped a broadcast performance for the Dutch label Columns Classics (now Brilliant Classics) at about the same time. This EMI recording is the latest of the three, their most recent recording that was made during the 2009 Easter at King's season of concerts. As a fan of King's I find this an extremely satisfying recording of the work, and Cleobury and the King's Choir are in fine form as they have always been. Cleobury has the Academy of Ancient Music to play superbly for him, and his soloists are equally fine. However, I must admit there are some small shortcomings that I've noticed in this recording - and these shortcomings are technical weaknesses that have plagued many recent EMI recordings.

Cleobury has had a wonderful musical love affair of the King's College Choir since he started conducting them in 1982. In fact he has built on the superb work of Sir David Willcocks, who made a wonderful all-male King's Messiah for EMI in 1972. When one listens to this recording, one is struck by the consistency of Cleobury's approach. Yet he has also matured and mellowed in the way he conducts the work. Cleobury adopts brisk tempi like in his previous versions but yet he infuses his performance with slightly more gravitas. I'm struck by the stark seriousness of Behold the Lamb of God and He was despised, as they're quite effective at his chosen speeds. His Choir sings superbly, and this crop of choristers and choral scholars is arguably one of his best overall teams in recent years. The choruses are characterful, with wonderful, melodious and well-balanced singing.
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Love this version. Beautifully presented, even the digitally re-mastered parts are OK to listen to. The accompanying PDF download is very informative indeed, especially for those returning or new to this masterpiece. RECOMMENDED as excellent value for money.
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The music on this recording is absolutely lovely, as previous reviewers have said. However, when you order it as an MP3 album, because the numbering remains as for two CDs, the order gets mixed up - you get track 1 from CD 1 then track 1 from CD2, then track 2 from CD1 then track 2 from CD2 etc. This means that to listen to it you first have to rearrange all the tracks, which is time-consuming and frustrating. This could be really easily solved by Amazon starting the second CD at track 23 - I emailed Amazon to suggest this after I bought it a couple of weeks ago, but have only had the response that my query would be passed to the MP3 team.
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We were fortunate to be present for the live recording of this CD and it is almost as good as beind there!
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This is a good recording of one of my favourite works and is amazing value for money. The ability to use my Kindle Fire to listen to music wherever I am in the world is one of the features I value most in the device.
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Needed some spiritually-uplifting music such as this, had heard one of the songs of the Album in the past, and asked a friend (who I heard it from) where they got it from? and so they directed myself to this Album. I enjoy listening to it almost everyday :) Thank you so much!
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An excellent performance. Very enjoyable. I much prefer the small choir performances to the large choral societies. The recording is up to Kings usual standards.
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