RECORDINGS

LABEL: CHRISTIAN FELDGEN MUSIC
CATALOG NUMBER: CFM 25
UPC/EAN NUMBER: 4260010638129
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 129:27
YEAR RECORDED: 2003
CD RELEASE DATE: 2004
CONDUCTOR: ROLAND BÜCHNER
ORCHESTRA: MUSICA FLOREA PRAG
CHOIR: REGENSBURGER DOMSPATZEN
SOPRANO: KATHERINE FUGE
ALTO: YOSEMEH ADJEI
TENOR: HUBERT NETTINGER
BASS: YORCK FELIX SPEER


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DISC ONE

1. Sinfony 2:51
2. Comfort ye my people 2:54
3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted 3:16
4. And the glory of the Lord 2:39
5. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts 1:20
6. But who may abide the day of His coming? 4:17
7. And He shall purify the sons of Levi 2:30
8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive 0:22
9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion 3:41
10. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion 1:38
11. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth 1:50
12. The people that walked in darkness 3:14
13. For unto us a Child is born 3:55
14. Pifa 1:07
15. There were shepherds, abiding in the field 1:24
16. Glory to God in the highest 1:55
17. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion 4:20
18. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened 0:23
19. He shall feed His flock 5:46
20. His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light 2:24
DISC TWO

1. Behold the Lamb of God 2:50
2. He was despised and rejected 10:00
3. Surely He hath borne our griefs 1:28
4. And with His stripes we are healed 1:48
5. All we like sheep have gone astray 3:42
6. All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn 0:36
7. He trusted in God that He would deliver Him 2:21
8. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart 1:37
9. Behold and see if there be any sorrow 1:09
10. He was cut off out of the land of the living 0:17
11. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell 2:17
12. Lift up your heads, O ye gates 2:52
13. How beautiful are the feet 2:35
14. Their sound is gone out from all lands 1:01
15. Why do the nations so furiously rage? 2:50
16. Let us break their bonds asunder 1:44
17. He that dwelleth in heaven 0:13
18. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron 1:53
19. Halleluja 3:33
20. I know that my Redeemer liveth 6:13
21. Since by man came death 1:39
22. Behold, I tell you a mystery 0:32
23. The trumpet shall sound 9:29
24. Then shall be brought to pass 0:14
25. O death, where is thy sting? 0:59
26. But thanks be to God 2:01
27. If God is for us 4:49
28. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 3:11
29. Amen 3:48

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Not available for purchase in the United States, this German-label, English-language Messiah is well-worth tracking down, although the steep international price may put off some purchasers.  Conducted by Roland Büchner, and featuring the boy choir Regensburger Domspatzen, as well as the Czechoslovakian orchestral forces of the Musica Florea Prag, this Messiah is beautifully performed by all involved.  Taken from a live 2003 performance, the recorded ambience is excellent, with no noticable audience noise, and a close, balanced mix from soloists, choir, and orchestra.  The soloists are uniformly good, with tenor Hubert Nettinger a fine, vibrant tenor, male alto Yosemeh Adjei impressive in his arias, bass Yorck Felix Speer resonant and splendid, and soprano Katharine Fuge posesses a young, boyish tone which I found very appealing, although she struggles in pushing out her upper register, almost "belting" the top notes (!).  The Regensburger Boy Choir is excellent, with lovely tone, excellent unity, and crisp diction.  As for the playing by the Musica Florea Prag, they play period instruments with similarly sharp unity.  Büchner's direction is perhaps more workmanlike than virtuostic; but his tempos are bright and easy, and he seems to bring out the best in everyone's performance - there is a genial, good-natured feel to this Messiah that is lacking from many other recordings, and despite its price, I'm very happy to have it in my collection, and recommend it to others.


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