RECORDINGS

LABEL: CORO
CATALOG NUMBER: COR16062
UPC NUMBER: 828021606229
NUMBER OF DISCS: 3
RUNNING TIME: 70:27, 74:16, 55:30 (BONUS CD)
YEAR RECORDED: 2007
CD RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 1, 2008
CONDUCTOR: HARRY CHRISTOPHERS
ORCHESTRA: THE SIXTEEN ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE SIXTEEN CHOIR
SOPRANO: CAROLYN SAMPSON
ALTO: CATHERINE WYN-ROGERS
TENOR: MARK PADMORE
BASS: CHRISTOPHER PURVES


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES



DISC ONE

1. Symphony
2. Accompagnato. Comfort ye, my people
3. Air. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
4. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed

5. Air. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
6. Accompagnato. But who may abide?
7. Chorus. He shall purify
8. Recit. Behold a virgin shall conceive
9. Air and Chorus. O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
10. Accompagnato. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
11. Air. The people that walked in darkness
12. Chorus. For unto us a child is born
13. Pastoral Symphony (Pifa)
14. Recit. There were shepherds abiding in the field    
15. Accompagnato. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them    
16. Recit. And the angel said unto them: Fear not
17. Accompagnato. And suddenly there was with the angel    
18. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest
19. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
20. Recit. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
21. Air. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd
22. Chorus. His yoke is easy and His burthen is light
23. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
24. Air. He was despised and rejected of men

DISC TWO

1. Chorus. Surely He hath borne our griefs
2. Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed
3. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray
4. Accompagnato. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn
5. Chorus. He trusted in God that He would deliver Him
6. Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
7. Arioso. Behold and see if there be any sorrow
8. Accompagnato. He was cut off out of the land of the living    
9. Air. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell
10. Chorus. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
11. Recit. Unto which of the angels said He at any time    
12. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship Him
13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Air. Thou art gone up on high
14. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
15. Chorus. Their sound is gone out into all lands
16. Air. Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
17. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
18. Recit. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn    
19. Air. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
20. Chorus. Hallelujah!
21. Air. I know that my redeemer liveth
22. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 3. Chorus. Since by man came death
23. Accompagnato. Behold, I tell you a mystery
24. Recit. Then shall be brought to pass    
25. Duet. O Death, where is thy sting?
26. Chorus. But thanks be to God
27. Air. If God be for us, who can be against us?
28. Chorus. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
29. Chorus. Amen

Disc Three (Bonus)

1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
2. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: The Lord our enemy has slain
3. Pensieri notturni di filli (Nel dolce dell'oblio), cantata for soprano, recorder & continuo, HWV 134   
4. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294: Allegro
5. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294: Larghetto
6. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294: Allegro moderato
7. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 2. Sinfonia
8. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Recitative and Aria. Scherza infida
9. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Air and Chorus. Let the bright seraphim

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  I own the previous Christophers/Sixteen Messiah on Hyperion, and was looking forward to this new interpretation. Overall, it's very good, especially the chorus, soprano, bass and tenor soloists. The tempi are generally on the slow side, (especially when compared with other recent "period" recordings) but not excessively so, and occasionally distracting ornamentation is displayed only in the soprano and alto lines. In the liner notes, Mr. Christophers mentions that each of the soloists have been associated with him for many years, and that this recording had a "family" atmosphere. Well and good, but I wish that a little more judiciousness had been taken with the choice of alto soloist, who sounds a bit past her prime here, with wide vibrato and occasional noticeable gasps for breath. The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra are fantastic, as usual, performing with much more depth and feeling than their earlier Messiah outing. Mr. Christophers mentions in his liner notes that he paid special attention to the text of Messiah during this performance, and it shows - the Hyperion Messiah glistened with good singing, but sounded detached, even vain at times; here the Choir sounds more involved in the performance, yet still attends to their pristine vocal talents. There are moments of pure beauty in the choruses, and for that, and for the generally fine soloists, I recommend this set as worth a listen. ~ BDW


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