RECORDINGS

LABEL: GAMA RECORDS
CATALOG NUMBER: VOLUME 1
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: UNKNOWN
DATE RECORDED: DECEMBER 1, 1959
RELEASE DATE: 1960
CONDUCTOR: LENOUGH ANDERSON
ORCHESTRA: AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: AKRON SYMPHONY CHORUS
SOPRANO: BETTY GOTSHALL DORNAN
CONTRALTO: ALMA PARMAN
TENOR: EDWARD MELCHER
BASS BARITONE: PETER GEORGE


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DISC ONE

SIDE ONE
1. Overture
2. Comfort Ye
3. Every Valley
4. And the Glory of the Lord
5. Thus Saith the Lord/But Who May Abide?
6. Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive/O Thou That Tellest

SIDE FOUR
1. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
2. Since By Man Came Death
3. Behold I Tell You A Mystery/The Trumpet Shall Sound
4. Worthy Is The Lamb/Amen

DISC TWO



SITE RATING:  3/10
SITE REVIEW:  A live performance, captured at the end of 1959, this performance, under the baton of Lenough Anderson, features the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  Tenor Edward Melcher sings with a pleasant, powerful tone, but possesses a quick, fluttering vibrato, and sounds shrill in his upper register.  The Akron Symphony plays with strength, no surprise, since they are a large-scale orchestra, matched in size by the Akron Symphony Chorus, who unfortunately are placed somewhat distantly in the mix.  But they sing with gusto, and more unity and power than I anticipated.  Bass Peter George is strangely similar in his vocal abilities as Mr. Melcher, with a powerful instrument, but also carrying a quick, fluttery vibrato which I found distracting.  His performance is helped immensely by the surprising lightning-fast tempos taken on "But Who May Abide" which add real electricity to his aria.  But his vibrato is very noticeable on "The Trumpet Shall Sound" and the trumpeter unfortunately muffs several of his moments.  Contralto Alma Parman is a weak link, with persistent intonation problems, which are not helped by similar problems in the orchestra during "O Thou That Tellest".  I also failed to warm up to soprano Betty Gotshall Dornan, who's performance seemed wandering and unfocused, and whose tone was was a trifle brittle.  As of this writing, I only am able to locate "Volume 1" of what is presumably a two-volume set (released separately), but based on the performance here, there's little to recommend.

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