RECORDINGS

LABEL: ST. CLAIR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC.
CATALOG NUMBER: NRX34902
UPC NUMBER: 777966345628
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 57:04
YEAR RECORDED: UNKNOWN
CD RELEASE DATE: JULY 24, 2006
CONDUCTOR: JOHN SCOTT (?)
ORCHESTRA: THE HOLLYWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE HOLLYWOOD SYMPHONY CHORUS
SOPRANO: UNKNOWN
CONTRALTO: UNKNOWN
TENOR: UNKNOWN
BASS: UNKNOWN


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES



DISC ONE

1. Sinfony: Grave Ė Allegro Moderato (3:37)
2. Accompagnato: Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People (2:36)
3. Air: Evíry Valley Shall Be Exalted (2:58)
4. Chorus: And The Glory Of The Lord (2:20)
5. Chorus: And He Shall Purify (2:25)
6. Air & Chorus: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings (4:25)
7. Chorus: For Unto Us A Child Is Born (3:55)
8. Chorus: Glory To God In The Highest (1:55)
9. Chorus: Behold The Lamb Of God (2:11)
10. Chorus: Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (2:07)
11. Chorus: Hallelujah (3:35)
12. Air: I Know That My Redeemer (5:40)
13. Air: The Trumpet Shall Sound (8:08)
14. Duet: O Death Where Is They Sting, Chorus: But Thanks Be To God (3:11)
15. Chorus: Worthy Is The Lamb (6:59)

SITE RATING:  9/10
SITE REVIEW:  I honestly wasn't expecting much from this release - any budget CD which deliberately omits the name of the conductor, soloists, and other pertinent recording information is usually trying to hide something (to wit: the shoddy performance contained within).  This, tied with the inane choice of cover graphics - I mean, yes, Messiah is almost universally regarded as a Christmas piece, despite its Lent origins; and yes, Norman Rockwell's iconic Capra-esque Americana is instantly recognizable; but when you think of Messiah, you don't usually think of Santa Claus, do you?  If you have to use Norman Rockwell, I suggest instead his Freedom To Worship as a more appropriate cover choice.  Regardess, for an inexpensive "highlights" disc of Messiah, this is a very stylish, professional performance by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the (assumed) direction of John Scott. Powerful singing by both the soloists (the tenor sounds positively ravishing) and chorus, are completely top drawer - every direction is knife-sharp, the tempos a bit on the fast side, but this is an energetic, virtuostic performance by all - the sound is similarly keen - if this is a live concert, it's difficult to discern, with no apparent audience noice, and the cleanness of the sound is admirable.  Finally, the soprano solo on "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" and the bass solo on "The Trumpet Shall Sound" are both world-class.  Worth picking up by all collecters without fear.


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