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Handel - Messiah (complete work) CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Collegeum
  • ASIN: B000UUHM1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Messiah - Over 30 Tracks On 2CD's - George Frideric Handel

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In the last 40 years or so Baroque music has fallen into the hands of the academic purists and the original instrument brigade. I have some difficulty with their approach. Bach and more so Handel were both very emotional artists who wanted for nothing more than their music to be loved and to move us emotionally in the way they intended. They were very aware of the lack of top class musicians and the limitations of their instruments. Personally I have no doubt that modern orchestras would have been employed by them often should they have had the opportunity. The Messiah would certainly have been one of those. The small forces in the original score were necessary because Handel knew that the orchestra available was of very limited capability. Should you want a recording leaning in that direction then this one may well please you. John Rutter is a fine musician and I enjoy much of his work but I am luke warm about this one.

I personally prefer the large concert hall modern version of the Messiah, and there is none better than the RCA recording by Sir Thomas Beecham conducting his own orchestra. It may take you a couple of listenings to be won over because most of us have been brain washed into believing all baroque music should be played at break neck speed. However, music of this gravity is merely trivialised by this technique.
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I have been thoroughly enjoying this version of Messiah. The soloists sing clearly and both choir and soloists interpret the work with feeling and meaning.
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Admirers of Rutter and the Cambridge Singers would surely find much to enjoy in this rendition of Messiah.

As a performance on modern instruments at A=440Hz there is much to enjoy. It comes across as a very well put together performance with Rutter in charge of the proceedings. I tend to like performances where the choral conductor also leads the orchestra. This allows the chorus and orchestra to perform as one unit, rather than as two separate units. Yet, I find that it lacks a little bit of spark and immediacy that lifts the best performances of this much-performed oratorio.

Rutter's performance has a strong team of hand-picked soloists. I admit that they take time to warm up, but they all give assured readings of each of their solos. Joann Lunn is a superb, pure-toned soprano who shines in her solos. Her superb readings of the soprano numbers can take their place alongside the renditions offered by Dame Kiri, Lynne Dawson and even Carolyn Sampson. I admit that Lunn takes time to warm up in her Rejoice greatly section, but her portion of He shall feed His flock and I know that my Redeemer liveth sound fine. Gilchrist takes time to warm up with his Comfort ye, but he gives a bracing and spirited reading of Ev'ry valley I note that he fares better in the Part Two sequence starting from "Thy rebuke" and continuing on to "But Thou didst not leave." His Thou shalt break them is an absolute highlight, as he relishes the sharp attack of the strong words. The two lower-voiced soloists who were Cambridge Singers alumni fit well into Rutter's performance. Melanie Marshall has a bit of trouble in the two Guadagni solos (But who may abide and Thou art gone up on high).
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Just the right edition. Not every one knows that the complete works is in 3 main parts and thus requires 2 discs. So, for the price the set makes a good value. It's what Mother-inLaw has for a small Christmas present. Please don't tell her it's a surprise gift! L.I.Parker
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Such a famous piece of work hardly needs reviews. There are parts of it that are sublime, and it is these parts that have made it so well known. There are also, low be it spoken, parts that are banal.
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I went to a concert in Halifax, it was wonderful. On leaving I purchased a copy of the Messiah but was disappointed to find it was not the full version & it was a brass band. How different is my complete work of the Messiah, Cambridge Singers. I am so happy that I purchased it. Thank you for stocking it and for delivering it so quickly. Happy New Year to you all at Amazon
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By bowler on 27 Nov. 2011
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We are totally satisfied with the product and service. My wife was singing in a multi-choir production performance of the Messiah and used the disc as a rehearsal tool at home with every success.
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A good choice and reasonable price for a double CD set. The tones and production is extremely good. My biggest challenge now is to sing like it in the choral society to which I belong. A truly inspirational recording. Four days after ordering it was posted through my letter box and I could not wait to put it on. A lifetime of further pleasure awaits me.. Oh joy. Thank you
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