Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle Amazon Music Unlimited for Family Shop now Shop Now

Customer Review

on 10 July 2012
This disc has 14 excerpts from Mackerras' ground-breaking recording, which is now difficult to find. (Time for a re-issue, EMI.) It uses Basil Lam's edition, who re-examined Handel's score and helped sweep away a lot of the entrenched opinions about Messiah and how to perform it. Yet there are none of the excesses of some of today's "historically influenced" performances, and some of the tempi are quite leisurely in comparison. The chorus is of moderate size but with convincing weight, the orchestra likewise and it is all performed with expression and vitality and well recorded.

The full recording features the countertenor Paul Esswood in some of the arias but he does not appear on this disc. The four soloists here are first-class, and Elizabeth Harwood's singing of the 12/8 version of "Rejoice greatly" should not be missed, nor should Raimund Herincx's "Why do the nations". The real jewel, however is Janet Baker's "He was despised". I have never heard this famous aria sung better (and I have heard dozens of performances). The disc is worth the money for this alone.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like this:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.


Product Details

5.0 out of 5 stars
1
5.0 out of 5 stars
£36.00+ £2.99 shipping