RECORDINGS

LABEL: LSO LIVE (UK)
CATALOG NUMBER: LSO0607
UPC NUMBER: 822231160724
NUMBER OF DISCS: 3 (2CD - 1 DVD)
RUNNING TIME: 2:25:44
YEAR RECORDED: 2006
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 9, 2007
CONDUCTOR: SIR COLIN DAVIS
ORCHESTRA: LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: TENEBRAE CHOIR
SOPRANO: SUSAN GRITTON
ALTO: SARA MINGARDO
TENOR: MARK PADMORE
BASS: ALASTAIR MILES

AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

DISC ONE

1. Sinfonia    3:44
2. Comfort ye my people    2:59
3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted    3:34
4. And the glory of the Lord    2:45
5. Thus saith the Lord    1:30
6. But who may abide the day of His coming?    4:17
7. And He shall purify    2:21
8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive    0:23
9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion    3:56
10. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion    1:44
11. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth    2:26
12. The people that walked in darkness    3:10
13. For unto us a child is born    4:06
14. Pifa    3:08
15. There were shepherds abiding in the field    1:54
16. Glory to God    1:39
17. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion    4:38
18. Then shall the eyes of the blind    0:26
19. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd    4:59
20. His yoke is easy    2:16
21. Behold the Lamb of God    3:28
22. He was despised    9:56
23. Surely He hath borne our griefs    2:20
24. And with His stripes we are healed    2:30
25. All we like sheep have gone astray    4:10
DISC TWO

1. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn    0:50
2. He trusted in God    2:28
3. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart    2:26
4. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow    1:26
5. He was cut off out of the land of the living    0:21
6. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell    2:29
7. Lift up your heads, O ye gates    3:12
8. Unto which of the angels said He at any time    0:14
9. Let all the angels of God worship Him    1:26
10. Thou art gone up on high    3:22
11. The Lord gave the word    1:11
12. How beautiful are the feet    2:25
13. Their sound is gone out    1:36
14. Why do the nations so furiously rage together?    2:40
15. Let us break their bonds asunder    1:44
16. He that dwelleth in Heaven    0:16
17. Thou shalt break them    2:05
18. Hallelujah    3:44
19. I know that my Redeemer liveth    5:59
20. Since by man came death    2:18
21. Behold, I tell you a mystery    0:36
22. The trumpet shall sound    8:38
23. Then shall be brought to pass    0:18
24. O death, where is thy sting?    1:09
25. But thanks be to God    2:05
26. If God be for us    4:50
27. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain    3:27
28. Amen    4:08

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Immediately following the release of this, Sir Colin Davis's third Messiah recording, pundits immediately began to compare it with his first 1966 recording (why his 1984 Philips Messiah was ignored is a subject for debate), and this recent one was found uniformly lacking.  Also, there were distinct rumblings that there was an agenda behind this particular recording - that Davis, having watched from the sidelines during the Baroque revivalist movement of the last 25 years, had decided to make his own argument in favor of more modern instrumentation.  Granted, the 1966 recording, also with the London Symphony Orchestra was fresher, more immediate in its performance, and, at the time, considered the best Messiah of its generation.  But this one, recorded live, and captured in SACD/DSD audio, and accompanied by a fifty-minute-long highlights DVD, stands quite well on its own merits.  The LSO plays marvellously, the soloists, pulled from both the Baroque and other schools are uniformly excellent, and the London Symphony Chorus is slick and professional; so the fault (if there is indeed any to be found) lies with Sir Colin Davis.  Much like Robert Shaw's Telarc Messiah, this performance by Davis and the LSO feels more careful - not less refined, or less accomplished, simply less vital in its rhythms and attacks.  It's an older Messiah conducted by an older Davis, and the performance, perhaps inevitably, is more deliberate, and yes, slower.  It's still a "good" Messiah - even breathtaking at moments, but most, I believe, will prefer his first effort.

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