RECORDINGS

LABEL: CHACRA MUSIC LICENSING
CATALOG NUMBER: UNKNOWN
UPC NUMBER: UNKNOWN
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:26:14
YEAR RECORDED: 1982
CD RELEASE DATE: APRIL 17, 2014
CONDUCTOR: GENNADY CHERKASOV
ORCHESTRA: FESTIVAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE TALLIN CHOIR
SOPRANO: VALENTINA KAEVCHENKO
CONTRALTO: NINA ISAKOVA
TENOR: A. MISHAKEVSKI
BASS: E. MAXIMENKO


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UPC 0077983638012Holiday Treasures

DISC ONE

1. Overture 3:45
2. Recitative "Comfort ye my people" A. Mishakevski 3:16
3. Aria "Ev'ry valley shall be exalted" A. Mishakevski 3:44
4. Chorus "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed"  2:33
5. Recitative "Thus saith the Lord" E. Maximenko 1:40
6. Aria "But who may abide the day of His coming" N. Isakova 5:21
7. Chorus "And He shall purify the sons of Levi" 2:30
8. Recitative "Behold, a virgin shall conceive"
   Aria and Chorus "O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" N. Isakova 5:24
9. Recitative "For behold, darkness shall cover the earth" E. Maximenko 1:56
10. Aria "The people that walked in darkness" E. Maximenko 3:31
11. Chorus "For unto us a child is born" 3:48
12. Sinfonia Pastoral (Pifa) 1:12
13. Recitative "There were shepherds abiding"
    Recitative "And lo, the angel of the Lord"
    Recitative "And suddenly there was with the angel" V. Kaevchenko 1:47
14. Chorus "Glory to God in the highest" 2:15
15. Aria "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion" V. Kaevchenko 5:08
16. Recitative "Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd"
    Aira "He shall feed His flock" N. Isakova 6:52
17. Chorus "His yoke is easy, His burthen is light 2:25
18. Chorus "Behold the lamb of God" 3:19
19. Aria "He was despised and rejected of men" N. Isakova 12:28
20. Chorus "Surely, He hath borne our griefs" 2:22

DISC TWO

21. Chorus "And with His stripes we are healed 1:47
22. Chorus "All we like sheep have gone astray" 3:45
23. Recitative "All they that see Him laugh" A. Mishakevski
    Chorus "He trusted in God that He would deliver Him" 3:19
24. Recitative "Thy rebuke hath broken His heart" A. Mishakevski 2:06
25. Arioso "Behold, and see if there be any sorrow" A. Mishakevski 1:50
26. Recitative "He was cut off out of the land" V. Kaevchenko 2:48
27. Aria "But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell" V. Kaevchenko 3:01
28. Recitative "Unto which of the angels said He" A. Mishakevski
    Chorus "Let all the angels of God worship him" 2:05
29. Aria "Thou art gone up on high" N. Isakova 2:59
30. Chorus "The Lord gave the word" 1:06
31. Aria "How beautiful are the feet of Him" V. Kaevchenko 2:10
32. Chorus "Their sound is gone out" 1:33
33. Aria "Why do the nations so furiously rage together" E. Maximenko 2:42
34. Chorus "Let us break their bonds asunder" 1:47
35. Recitative "He that dwelleth in heaven" A. Mishakevski
    Aria "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron" 2:16
36. Chorus "Hallelujah!" 3:56
37. Aria "I know that my Redeemer liveth" V. Kaevchenko 6:22
38. Chorus "Since by man came death" 2:24
39. Recitative "Behold, I tell you a mystery" E. Maximenko
    Aria "The trumpet shall sound" 8:14
40. Recitative "Then shall be brought to pass"
    Duet "O Death, where is thy sting" N.Isakova, V. Kaevchenko 3:32
41. Aria "If God be for us" N. Isakova 3:45
42. Chorus "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain" 7:31


SITE RATING:  7/10
SITE REVIEW:  I originally had reviewed this performance with extremely limited, or misleading data provided, having stumbled across several "highlights" discs which omitted important artist information; but recently, having found a more complete recording available on Spotify, I was able to fill in some (but not all) of the blanks, and can give a more informed review of this Messiah.  Recorded in 1982 under the baton of Gennady Konstantinovich Cherkasov (1930-2002), this somewhat abridged performance is probably the finest Russian recording I've heard from the era, with extraordinarily sensitive singing and playing from what was still, at the time, cold war-era Russia.  The playing, and singing, is almost Bellini-esque with its frills and flourishes, and it far outstrips other Russian Messiah's I've heard from this era.  The tenor, 'A. Michakevski' (no other information available) is quite florid in his arias, but also possesses a remarkably heroic timbre.  Bass 'E. Maximenko' (similarly, no other information is available) is equally powerful, with biting melismas and an almost reckless attack style that comes across as fiercely intimidating.  Alto Nina Isakova is severe and dramatic and quite compelling, while soprano Valentina Kaevchenko is the weakest soloist, with a thick vibrato and a more emotionally detached performance than that of her peers.  The Tallin Choir is similarly heroic, and suffers a bit from the hard-hitting forcefulness of their attacks and clashing vibratos, but it makes for impressive, edge-of-your-seat listening.  Cherkasov's tempos are mercurial, veering wildly between sweet and pastoral to fierce and driving - listen to the haunting opening of "Since by man came death" followed by the blistering chorus.  A stunning listening experience overall, with mountains of passion evident in all involved.  It's a shame that it's only available in compressed mp3 sound - this is a recording that deserves a physical release, with full liner notes on its history and production.


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