RECORDINGS

LABEL: EMERGO CLASSICS/SAGA CLASSICS
CATALOG NUMBER: EC 3343-2
UPC NUMBER: 016861334321
NUMBER OF DISCS: 3
RUNNING TIME: 57:22, 56:28, 34:98
YEAR RECORDED: 1961
CD RELEASE DATE: 1994
CONDUCTOR: FREDERIC JACKSON
ORCHESTRA: LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: LONDON PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
SOPRANO: HEATHER HARPER
ALTO: HELEN WATTS
TENOR: DUNCAN ROBERTSON
BASS: ROGER STALMAN


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

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Saga - XID 5150
Saga - XID 5111-3Roulette RGC-1 / F11-540-543Classics Club X2507/8

DISC ONE

SIDE ONE
1. Overture
2. Comfort ye, my people
3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
4. And the glory of the Lord
5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts
6. But who may abide
7. And He shall purify

SIDE TWO
1. Behold, a virgin shall conceive
2. O thou that tellest good tidings
3. O thou that tellest good tidings
4. For behold! darkness shall cover
5. The people that walked in darkness
6. For unto us a child is born

DISC TWO

SIDE THREE
1. Pastorale Symphony
2. There were shepherds abiding in the field / And the angel said unto them
3. Glory to God in the highest
4. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
5. Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd / He shall feed His flock
6. His yoke is easy, His burthen is light

SIDE FOUR
1. Behold the Lamb of God
2. He was despised and rejected
3. Surely, He hath borne our griefs
4. And with His stripes we are healed
5. All we like sheep have gone astray

DISC THREE

SIDE FIVE
1. All they that see Him
2. He trusted in God
3. Thy rebuke hath borken His heart
4. Behold and see if there by any sorrow
5. He was cut off out of the land
6. But thou didn't not leave his soul in hell
7. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
8. Unto which of the angels
9. Let all the angels of God worship
10. Thou art gone up on high

SIDE SIX
1. The Lord gave the word
2. How beautiful are the feet
3. Their sound is gone out
4. Why do the nations so furiously rage
5. Let us break their bonds
6. He that dwelleth in Heaven
7. Thou shalt break them with a rod
8. Hallelujah
DISC FOUR

SIDE SEVEN
1. I know that my Redeemer liveth
2. Since by man came death by man came also the ressurection
3. For as in Adam all die even so in Christ
4. Behold I tell you a mystery
5. The trumpet shall sound

SIDE EIGHT
1. Then shall be brought to pass
2. O death, where is thy sting?
3. But thanks be to God
4. If God is for us
5. Worthy is the Lamb
6. Blessing and honor
7. Amen

SITE RATING:  4/10
SITE REVIEW:  One of the more obscure Messiahs to come from the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra has been this 1961 effort by former Chorus Master Frederic Jackson.  Jackson's name more frequently is seen on the credits of the 1958 Susskind recording which blankets the marketplace every Christmas-time in ultra-low-budget releases, but on this later recording, made a mere three years after the first, Jackson graduates from Chorus Master to Director of the London Philharmonic forces, and delivers a performance, which unfortunately, is only slightly more accomplished than the Susskind.  The orchestra and chorus play and sing in a blunt, perfunctory manner, giving wooden, somewhat bored performances, led by Jackson's unimaginative direction, which doesn't attempt any interpretive color, but merely gets the job done - the instances where he does veer from the norm, such as a surprising soft entrance on "Glory To God" instead of the usual breaking forth, reenforces the banality of the rest of the oratorio. The best that can be said about the choir is that they are in tune, and perform the larger choruses with great fervor.  The soloists are all overheated, with wide vibratos and suspect tone colors; their extreme emotiveness more a popular method of the times, but still sounding forced and unnatural.  The glacial tempos can best be judged by the program being spread out over four LP sides, instead of the usual three.  Still, there is great power in some of the choruses - with a thrilling "Worthy Is The Lamb" and the final, declamatory "Amen."  Released once on CD in 1994, this particular performance remains stubbornly out-of-print, lacking the wide-spread distribution of Susskind's recording, and likely to remain obscure.


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