RECORDINGS

LABEL: INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST MUSIC DEPT.
CATALOG NUMBER: N/A
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 1:08:06
YEAR RECORDED: 1997
CD RELEASE DATE: 1998
CONDUCTOR: S. TIMOTHY GLASSCOCK
ORCHESTRA: INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST CONCERT CHOIR
SOPRANO: VARIOUS
MEZZO-SOPRANO: VARIOUS
TENOR: VARIOUS
BARITONE: VARIOUS

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DISC ONE

1. Overture
2. Recitative: Comfort Ye
    Aria: Every Valley
3. Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord
4. Recitative: Thus Saith the Lord
    Aria: But who may abide
5. Chorus: And He shall purify
6. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive
    Aria and Chorus: O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
7. Recitative: For Behold, darkness shall cover the Earth
8. Chorus: For unto us a child is born
9. Pifa: (Pastoral Symphony)
10. Recitative: There were shepherds
     Recitative: And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
     Recitative: And the angel said unto them
     Recitative: And suddenly, there was with the angel
11. Chorus: Glory to God
12. Aria: Rejoice greatly, o duaghter of  Zion
13. Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
      Aria: He shall feed His flock
14. Chorus: His yoke is easy
15. Chorus: Hallelujah
16. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb
     Chorus: Amen


SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  I'm never sure what to expect from a collegiate recording of Messiah - some of them can be highly polished and professional in their performances, and others... well, let's just say that this 1997 performance by the Indiana University Southeast Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra falls into a latter category.  Everyone is striving mightily, but they're not ready for Carnegie Hall yet.   Conductor S. Timothy Glasscock relies on no fewer than nine soloists, and the notes make no effort to define which sings what, so I can only tell you that the tenor soloists are generally good, the bass soloists sound as if they've never encountered a melisma in the lives, the alto soloists sound young, fresh and unaffected, the rotating soprano soloists are similarly lovely (except the "Rejoice Greatly" one, who flutters about like a wounded bird).  The choir is painful to listen to - as is the chamber orchestra.  Pitches are everywhere, any concept of finesse or shaping is abandoned entirely, and the angels weep.  It's difficult to judge how much of the tempos by Mr. Glasscock are his own choosing, or perhaps simply dictated by the talent restraints of the choir and orchestra.  Needless to say, by the time the recording plows (and I don't use that term lightly) into the final choruses of "Halleljuah" and "Worthy is the Lamb" I can only imagine the audience bursting into applause that the entire ordeal was over.  Whew!


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