RECORDINGS

LABEL: SILVERLINE
CATALOG NUMBER: IMRG 84020
UPC NUMBER: 676628402023
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 49:16
YEAR RECORDED: 2000
CD RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2, 2004
CONDUCTOR: DON JACKSON
ORCHESTRA: LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE ST. JAMES 48-VOICE CHORALE
SOPRANO: CATHERINE BOTT
ALTO: CLAIRE HENRY
TENOR: GARETH ROBERTS
BASS: DAVID STEPHENSON


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DISC ONE

1. Comfort ye, My People, Saith Your God           3:00
2. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted           3:28
3. Chorus: And The Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed           3:10
4. Chorus: And He Shall Purify the Sons of Levi           2:40
5. Chorus: For Unto Us A Child Is Born           4:20
6. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)           2:49
7. Air: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion           4:31
8. Air: He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd           5:13
9. Chorus: Behold The Lamb of God           2:20
10. Air: He Was Despised And Rejected Of Men           4:40
11. Chorus: All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray           4:13
12. Air: The Trumpet Shall Sound           4:11
13. Chorus: Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth           3:49

SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  Apparently, no one over at Silverline Records cared much that Don Jackson was responsible for Sony Music's horrific 1992 Messiah highlights disc, and commissioned him to create a second highlights disc that, yes, while an improvement over his previous disaster, is not worth seeking out.  The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are certainly able to sing the Messiah in their sleep, and Jackson's tempos are infinitely brighter and more accessible than his previous outing, but it all feels purposeless, and the soloists are anything but noteworthy, with tenor Gareth Roberts muffing his high notes, soprano Catherine Bott gasping for breaths in the middle of her melismas, alto Claire Henry subject to needless ornamentation, and bass David Stephenson in possession of a gulping tessitura that left me cold.  The London Symphony Orchestra is brightly recorded, but play indifferently, and the St. James Chorale are pushed far back in the mix.  Davis's direction is workman-like, with no intelligence or style brought to play, and while Silverline has pushed this release onto the public as a "prestige" recording (with dual-disc and DVD-Audio releases), this is in no way a quality release, either in performance or sound.  Pass this one by, in all its formats.


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