RECORDINGS

LABEL: LINN RECORDS
CATALOG NUMBER: CKD 285
UPC NUMBER: 691062028523
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 76:37, 63:28
YEAR RECORDED: 2006
CD RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2006
CONDUCTOR: JOHN BUTT
ORCHESTRA: DUNEDIN CONSORT & PLAYERS
CHOIR: DUNEDIN CONSORT & PLAYERS
SOPRANO: SUSAN HAMILTON
CONTRALTO: ANNIE GILL
CONTRALTO: CLAIRE WILKINSON
TENOR: NICHOLAS MULROY
BASS: MATTHEW BROOK


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

1. Sinfonia     3:05
2. Recit: Comfort ye    3:16
3. Air: Every valley shall be exalted    3:10
4. Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord    2:56
5. Recit: Thus saith the Lord    1:17
6. Air: But who may abide    3:13
7. Chorus: And he shall purify    2:27
8. Recit: Behold a virgin shall conceive    0:19
9. Air: O thou that tellest good tidings    3:38
10. Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings    1:32
11. Recit: For behold!    2:03
12. Air: The people that walked in darkness    3:27
13. Chorus: For unto us a child is born    3:48
14. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)    2:46
15. Recit: There were shepherds    0:12
16. Recit: And lo!    0:16
17. Recit: And the angel said unto them    0:28
18. Recit: And suddenly    0:16
19. Chorus: Glory to God    1:54
20. Air: Rejoice greatly    6:19
21. Recit: Then shall the eyes of the blind    0:23
22. Air: He shall feed his flock    5:07
23. Chorus: His yoke is easy    2:18
24. Chorus: Behold the lamb of God    3:09
25. Air: He was despised    11:30
26. Chorus: Surely    1:46
27. (and with his stripes)    1:41
28. Chorus: All we like sheep    3:42
29. Recit: But Who may abide    0:27
DISC TWO

1. Recit accomp: All they that see him    0:42
2. Chorus: He trusted in God    2:14
3. Recit accomp: Thy rebuke    1:51
4. Air: Behold and see    1:22
5. Recit accomp: He was cut off    0:16
6. Air: But thou didst not leave    2:12
7. Chorus: Lift up your heads    3:06
8. Recit: Unto which of the angels    0:17
9. Chorus: Let all the angels    1:26
10. Air: Thou art gone up    3:00
11. Chorus: The Lord gave the word    1:07
12. Soli & Chorus: How beautiful are the feet    3:35
13. Air: Why do the nations    1:27
14. Chorus: Let us break    1:48
15. Recit: He that dwelleth    0:21
16. Chorus: Hallelujah    4:02
17. Air: I know that my redeemer liveth    5:11
18. Soli & Chorus: Since by man    2:03
19. Recit. Accomp: Behold I tell you a mystery    0:36
20. Air: The trumpet shall sound    8:28
21. Recit: Then shall be brought    0:12
22. Duet: O death where is thy sting    0:59
23. Chorus: But thanks    2:08
24. Air: If God be for us    4:29
25. Chorus: Worthy is the lamb    3:18
26. Chorus: Amen    4:50
27. Recit: He that dwelleth in Heaven shall laugh them to scorn    0:11
Air: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron    2:03

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  With so many Messiah recordings being produced each year, it now appears as if you much have a special conceit in order to differentiate new ones from the pack - the particular conceit for this recording is that it aims to recreate, as closely as possible, the very first performance version of Messiah, which took place in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742.  Naturally, that means that they use small forces, period instruments, and something resembling the original manuscript.  Of course, if they REALLY wanted to be authentic, they would have recorded this IN Dublin, instead of Edinburgh, Scotland - but no matter, for its purposes, it succeeds very well, with The Dunedin Consort & Players performing with great finesse and heart, and the soloists equally matched in terms of expression and technique.  Director John Butt eschews the fiery tempos usually associated with these kind of revival performances, instead opting for more moderate, but never slow, tempi which dances and moves gracefully from one song to the next with little to jar the listener.  The small forces naturally  cannot generate the kind of power that some listeners might wish for the larger choruses, but at the same time, everything is finely recorded, with this being perhaps the most understandable choir I've heard on a Messiah.  Conversely, that means that this recording rarely stands out - and placed on its own merits, it stacks up as another fine, distinguished Messiah that is easily recommendable.


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