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Fine thoughtful classical modern instrument interpretation,
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This review is from: Handel: Messiah (Audio CD)
This version of Messiah played on modern instruments strikes me as being similar in feeling to a well tailored classical blazer. It is refined, contained, and very pleasant. It has a rather large sound and very good soloists. The choral singing has moments of great beauty and the large sound of the orchestra manages to create moments of subtle delicacy. The soloists reach moments of great operatic drama and beauty with deep feeling within the context of an overall restrained reading. It is not the best Messiah recording ( I think the best are the period instrument performances of Christie on Harmonia Mundi, Hogwood on L'Oiseau-Lyre and Parrott on Virgin) but it is a very good interpretation on modern instruments with good to excellent soloists and many moments of deep feeling.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2011 10:29:33 BDT
I too prefer the Hogwood version, but i would never make so bold as to say that this one "is not the best Messiah recording." It is a matter of taste as well as learning.
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