RECORDINGS

LABEL: BARD RECORDS
CATALOG NUMBER: N/A
UPC NUMBER: 885767972902
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 25:09
YEAR RECORDED: 1993
CD RELEASE DATE: 2011
CONDUCTOR: N/A
ORCHESTRA: FOLGER CONSORT
CHOIR: THE MEN AND BOYS OF MAGDELEN COLLEGE, OXFORD
SOPRANO: ANN MONOYIOS
CONTRALTO: N/A
COUNTER-TENOR: DREW MINTER
BASS: WILLIAM SHARP


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

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DISC ONE

1. Thus Saith the Lord 1:20
2. O Thou That Tellest 4:58   
3. For Unto Us a Child Is Born 3:47   
4. Rejoice Greatly 4:07   
5. Hallelujah! 3:27   
6. Worthy Is the Lamb - Amen 7:32

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  A disappointingly brief excerpt of what sounds to be an absolutely thrilling live performance of Handel's Messiah, performed by the Folger Consort and the Men and Boys of Magdelen College, Oxford, along with select soloists.  Recorded live in Washington D.C., on December 20-23, 1993, this six movement EP made it's debut on the web just this week, and what a shame that it's not the complete performance!  Despite some annoying extant sounds that creep in, (including what sounds like a strident school bell!) the Folger Consort plays with a magnificent fire and force, giving this performance a rare driving energy that so many Messiahs lack.  Soloists are similarly excellent, with world-class efforts given on single arias from Soprano Ann Monoyios, counter-tenor Drew Minter, and bass William Sharp.  The Men and Boys of Magdelen College, Oxford acquit themselves well, with my main complaint being the trebles being buried in the mix behind the more forceful adult voices.  But still, this is a thrilling short taste of a modern-day Messiah, full of expertise, passion, and electricity.  Although it's available for sale above, you can (as of this writing) also download it for FREE from CDBaby.com,  and at that price, it's a steal.


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