RECORDINGS

LABEL: PEROS MUSIC
CATALOG NUMBER: N/A
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 1:01:18
YEAR RECORDED: 1999
CD RELEASE DATE: 2010
CONDUCTOR: RONALD BECKETT
ORCHESTRA: ARCADY
CHOIR: ARCADY
SOPRANO: UNKNOWN
COUNTERTENOR: UNKNOWN
TENOR: UNKNOWN
BASS: UNKNOWN


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

1. Sinfonia     2:55
2. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted    3:40
3. And The Glory Of The Lord    2:46
4. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive; Thou That Tellest    6:03
5. For Unto Us A Child Is Born    3:29
6. There Were Shepherds; Glory Unto God    3:58
7. Then Shall The Eyes; He Shall Feed His Flock    5:44
8. His Yoke Is Easy    2:10
9. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs; And With His Stripes; All We Like Sheep    6:30
10. All They That See Him; He Trusted In God    2:34
11. Lift Up Your Heads    2:54
12. Unto Which Of The Angels; Let All The Angels    1:40
13. The Lord Gave The Word    1:07
14. Why Do The Nations    2:59
15. Let Us Break Their Bonds    1:31
16. He That Dwelleth In Heaven; Thou Shalt Break Them    2:00
17. Hallelujah!    3:23
18. Worthy Is The Lamb; Amen    5:55

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Arcady, a tiny chamber-music ensemble hailing from Ontario, Canada, and under the direction of Ronald Beckett, recorded this small, splendid highlights disc of Messiah in 1999, but only was recently released as an mp3 download by Peros Music (it's also available on CD through CD Baby).  Those who read this site know that I tend to prefer smaller ensembles when performing Messiah, trading in the heavy, grandious sound of large choruses for light, swift-footed performances which lend Messiah an energy and vitality that I prefer.  This highlights disc is resplendent with those qualities, with both the playing and singing that tingle with electricity.   Occasionally, this youthful vigor gets the better of common sense, with tempos occasionally racing (as on a frantic reading of "Let Us Break Their Bonds" and the following "Thou Shalt Break Them", which leaves the poor soloist racing through the melismas in somewhat desperate measure.)  But the light clarity of the sound, tied with the clean diction displayed by both the chamber orchestra and choir, and the bright tones brought by most of the soloists (I except the countertenor, who has some pitch and placement issues), endeared this recording to me, and I heartily recommend it to Messiah collectors.


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