RECORDINGS

LABEL: HIGH DEFINITION CLASSICS
CATALOG NUMBER: N/A
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:27:35
YEAR RECORDED: 2008
CD RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 28, 2008
CONDUCTOR: IMANTS KOKARS, SAULIUS SONDECKIS
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: CHORUS AVE SOL
SOPRANO: UNKNOWN
CONTRALTO: UNKNOWN
TENOR: UNKNOWN
BASS: UNKNOWN


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

1. The Messiah: Part. I, Synfony     3:16
2. The Messiah: Part. I, Accompagnato (Comfort ye, my people    2:41
3. The Messiah: Part. I, Aria (Ev'ry valley shall be exalted    3:43
4. The Messiah: Part. I, Chorus (And the Glory of the Lord    3:08
5. The Messiah: Part. I, Accompagnato (Thus saith the Lord of Hosts    1:40
6. The Messiah: Part. I, Aria (But who may abide    4:09
7. The Messiah: Part. I, Chorus (And He shall purify the sons of Levi    2:39
8. The Messiah: Part. I, Recitativo (Behold a Virgin shall conceive    0:31
9. The Messiah: Part. I, Aria (O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion    3:52
10. The Messiah: Part. I, Chorus (O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion    1:47
11. The Messiah: Part. I, Accompagnato (For behold darkness    2:16
12. The Messiah: Part. I, Aria (The people that walked in darkness    3:22
13. The Messiah: Part. I, Chorus (For unto us a child is born    4:15
14. The Messiah: Part. I, Pifa (Pastoral Symphony    2:58
15. The Messiah: Part. I, Recitativo, Accompagnato (There were shepherds abiding in the field    1:59
16. The Messiah: Part. I, Chorus (Glory to God in the Highest    2:06
17. The Messiah: Part. I, Aria (Rejoice greatly    5:06
18. The Messiah: Part. I, Recitativo (Then shall the eyes of the blind    0:37
19. The Messiah: Part. I, Duetto (He shall feed His flock like a shepherd    4:58
20. The Messiah: Part. I, Chorus (His yoke is easy)    2:35
21. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (Behold the Lamb of God    2:54
22. The Messiah: Part. II, Aria (He was despised and rejected    8:12
23. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (Surely he has borne our griefs    2:06
24. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (And with His stripes    2:07
25. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (All we like sheep have gone astray    4:03

DISC TWO

26. The Messiah: Part. II, Accompagnato (All they that see Him    0:57
27. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (He trusted in God    2:32
28. The Messiah: Part. II, Accompagnato (Thy rebuke has broken His heart    1:51
29. The Messiah: Part. II, Arioso (Behold, and see if there be any sorrow    1:49
30. The Messiah: Part. II, Accompagnato (He was cut off out of the land    0:27
31. The Messiah: Part. II, Aria (But thou didst not leave his soul    2:14
32. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (Lift up your hands, O ye gates    3:06
33. The Messiah: Part. II, Recitativo (Unto which of the angels    0:24
34. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (Let all the angels of God    1:31
35. The Messiah: Part. II, Aria (Thou art gone up high    3:21
36. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (The Lord gave the word    1:11
37. The Messiah: Part. II, Aria (How beautiful are the feet    2:44
38. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (Their sound is gone out    1:58
39. The Messiah: Part. II, Aria (Why do the nations    3:02
40. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (Let us break their bonds asunder    1:54
41. The Messiah: Part. II, Recitativo (He that dwelleth in Heaven    0:21
42. The Messiah: Part. II, Aria (Thou shalt break them with a rod    2:14
43. The Messiah: Part. II, Chorus (Hallelujah    3:45
44. The Messiah: Part. III, Aria (I know that my redeemer liveth    5:44
45. The Messiah: Part. III, Chorus (Since by man came death    2:13

46. The Messiah: Part. III, Accompagnato (Behold I tell you a mystery    0:43
47. The Messiah: Part. III, Aria (The trumpet shall sound    9:40
48. The Messiah: Part. III, Recitativo (Then shall be brought to pass    0:28
49. The Messiah: Part. III, Duet (O death where is thy sting    1:09
50. The Messiah: Part. III, Chorus (But thanks be to God    2:10
51. The Messiah: Part. III, Aria (If God be for us    5:30
52. The Messiah: Part. III, Chorus (Worthy is the lamb    3:33
53. The Messiah: Part. III, Chorus (Amen    4:04


SITE RATING:  7/10
SITE REVIEW:  First of all, you should know that the track division above is a bit of a cheat - the full recording of this Messiah is only available as a digital download, so I'm guessing as to the actual division of tracks between the two discs.  There are physical CDs available of the highlights disc, but none for the full recording.  As to the performance, there are two conductors listed, Salius Sondeckis for the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and Imants Kokars for the Chorus Ave Sol, which leads me to suspect they might have been recorded separately, but aurally, there is no evidence of this.  The choir and orchestra work together with great finesse, with the small, precise forces coming together in admirable unity. There are heavy Latvian accents present, from both the choir, and the unnamed soloists, but looking past that, this is an enjoyable recording that I return to frequently, and the small cost required for the complete download make this a good choice for the budget-conscious consumer who nevertheless desires a quality performance.  The tempos are light and quick, with a definite baroque feel to the affair, the soloists are uniformly fine, although I wish there was more information given as to who they are.  A good, inexpensive recording that impressed me with its quality.


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