RECORDINGS

LABEL: NARADA
CATALOG NUMBER: ND-61051
UPC NUMBER: 083616105123
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 52:10
YEAR RECORDED: 1995
CD RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 26, 1995
CONDUCTOR: ANNE HEIDER
ORCHESTRA: HIS MAJESTIE'S CLERKES
CHOIR: HIS MAJESTIE'S CLERKES
SOPRANO: N/A
ALTO: SONIA NESS, TERRY SULLIVAN *
TENOR: RANDOLPH PETILOS, GARY REBHOLZ *
BASS: N/A


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES



DISC ONE

1. And The Glory Of The Lord     2:55
2. And He Shall Purify    2:40
3. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion    1:43
4. For Unto Us A Child Is Born    4:24
5. Glory To God    2:10
6. His Yoke Is Easy, And His Burthen Is Light    2:34
7. Behold The Lamb Of God    4:20
8. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs    2:08
9. And With His Stripes We Are Healed    1:54
10. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray    4:07
11. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates    3:36
12. Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands    1:34
13. Hallelujah!    4:27
14. Since By Man Came Death    2:04
15. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?    1:06
16. But Thanks Be To God    2:26
17. Worthy Is The Lamb    3:34
18. Amen    4:23

* - soloists on O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Chicago-based Baroque group His Majestie's Clerkes (now known as Bella Voce), has put out one of the most pleasing highlights discs I've heard.  Using small forces, their sound is highly defined, and this recording, released on the Narada label (with one of the more unfortunate covers to grace a Messiah album - it looks like it belongs in the children's aisle), is light, intimate, and with a joyful sense of dance throughout.  Combining male and female voice, their sound hearkens back to the boychoir sound of English Cathedrals, which may strike some as precious, but their clean, pure sound is ideal for Baroque pieces.  The sopranos attain a shimmering, transparent sound on their high notes, and the rest of the choir match them in their ideal.  "Glory To God" has a joyous bounce, while "Behold the Lamb of God" benefits from their long vocal lines and beautifully matched tones.  Some may find their delivery to be cool and antiseptic, but I found the entire performance to be eye-opening, allowing me to hear Messiah as if for the first time, and for me, that is what marks certain performances as worthy of recommendation.  


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