RECORDINGS

LABEL: K&K VERLAGSANSTALT
CATALOG NUMBER: KuK20
UPC NUMBER: 675754984724
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 143:27
YEAR RECORDED: 2006
CD RELEASE DATE: APRIL 24, 2007
CONDUCTOR: JÜRGEN BUDDAY
ORCHESTRA: HANOVERIAN COURT ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: MAULBRONN CHAMBER CHOIR
SOPRANO: MIRIAM ALLEN
COUNTERTENOR: MICHAEL CHANCE
TENOR: MARK LE BROCQ
BASS: CHRISTOPHER PURVES


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

1.01 Symphony      3:13     
1.02 Comfort Ye My People, Saith Your God (Accompagnato.Tenor)     3:10    
1.03 Ev‘ry Valley Shall Be Exalted (Air.Tenor)     3:24    
1.04 And The Glory Of The Lord Shall Be Revealed (Chorus)     2:27    
1.05 Thus Saith The Lord, The Lord Of Hosts (Accompagnato.Bass)     1:24    
1.06 But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming (Air.Alto)     4:33    
1.07 And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi (Chorus)     2:40    
1.08 O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion / Arise, Shine, For Thy Light Is Come (Air.Mezzo-soprano & Chorus)     5:28    
1.09 For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth (Accompagnato.Bass)     2:12    
1.10 The People That Walked In Darkness Have Seen A Great Light (Air.Bass)     3:32    
1.11 For Unto Us A Child Is Born (Chorus)     3:47    
1.12 Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)     2:58    
1.13 And Lo, The Angel Of The Lord Came Upon Them (Accompagnato.Soprano)     0:53    
1.14 And Suddenly There Was With The Angel (Accompagnato.Soprano)     0:16
1.15 Glory To God In The Highest, And Peace On Earth (Chorus)     1:53    
1.16 Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion (Air.Soprano)     4:34    
1.17 He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd (Duet.Mezzo-soprano,Soprano)     5:40    
1.18 His Yoke Is Easy, And His Burthen Is Light (Chorus)     2:17

DISC TWO

1.19 Behold The Lamb Of God (Chorus)      2:59     
1.20 He Was Despised And Rejected Of Men (Air.Mezzo-soprano)     11:06    
1.21 Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs And Carried Our Sorrows (Chorus)     2:03    
1.22 And With His Stripes We Are Healed (Chorus)     1:55    
1.23 All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray (Chorus)     4:19    
2.01 All They That See Him Laugh (Accompagnato.Tenor)     0:44    
2.02 He Trusted In God That He Would Deliver Him (Chorus)     2:20    
2.03 Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart (Accompagnato.Tenor)     2:25    
2.04 Behold, And See If There Be Any Sorrow (Arioso.Tenor)     1:39    
2.05 He Was Cut Off Out Of The Land Of The Living (Accompagnato.Tenor)     0:20    
2.06 But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell (Air.Tenor)     1:54    
2.07 Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates. Who Is This King Of Glory? (Chorus)     3:29
2.08 Let All The Angels Of God Worship Him (Chorus)     1:23    
2.09 Thou Art Gone Up On High (Air.Bass)     3:25    
2.10 The Lord Gave The Word (Chorus)     1:10    
2.11 How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Them (Air.Soprano)     2:06    
2.12 Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands (Chorus)     1:31    
2.13 Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage Together (Air.Bass)     2:40    
2.14 Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder (Chorus)     1:51    
2.15 Thou Shalt Break Them With A Rod Of Iron (Air.Tenor)     2:05    
2.16 Hallelujah (Chorus)     3:40    
2.17 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Air.Soprano)     5:55    
2.18 Since By Man Came Death (Chorus)     2:11    
2.19 Behold, I Tell You A Mystery (Accompagnato.Bass)     0:45    
2.20 The Trumpet Shall Sound (Air.Bass)     9:05    
2.21 O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? (Duet.Alto,Tenor)     1:06    
2.22 But Thanks Be To God (Chorus)     2:19    
2.23 If God Be For Us (Air.Soprano)     4:54    
2.24 Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain (Chorus)     3:38    
2.25 Amen (Chorus)     4:11


SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Another entry in the Dublin 1742 Messiahs, this recording, while excellent on several counts, isn't quite the "definitive" reading that the liner notes would have you believe.  The main distinction this recording can claim is in staying quite close to the original dynamic markings which Handel indicated in his first manuscript version of Messiah, so to hear the "Hallelujah" chorus open with soft dynamic markings in place of the now-expected herald of fortes can be jarring, but quite effective in its way.  There are other changes, which may or may not be what Handel intended to remain in the score - after all, he adapted Messiah to different audiences and venues, as well as different talents.  But this recording has several points to recommend it: the recorded sound, which is warm, yet crystalline, thanks to the natural accoustics present; the soloists are almost uniformly stellar, with Michael Chance, Mark Le Brocq, and Christopher Purves each giving stellar readings; soprano Miriam Allen's voice is unique - quite bright and nasal in her upper registers - not unlike Sarah Brightman's similarly distinctive tone - I'm not convinced it's the best match for the part, but she sings radiantly, and with seemingly great joy.  The Hanoverian Orchestra plays distinctively, while the Maulbronn Chamber Choir is good, but thinly-voiced, as befits the 'original forces' striven for.  An excellent alternative for those seeking an dramatic, "authentic" 1742 version of Messiah, with marked dynamic changes from what you may have heard before.


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