RECORDINGS

LABEL: ERATO
CATALOG NUMBER: 2564 69282-6
UPC NUMBER: 825646928262
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:20:55
YEAR RECORDED: 1983
CD RELEASE DATE: APRIL 6, 2009
CONDUCTOR: TON KOOPMAN
ORCHESTRA: AMSTERDAM BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE SIXTEEN
SOPRANO: MARJANNE KWEKSILBER
ALTO: JAMES BOWMAN
TENOR: PAUL ELLIOTT
BASS: GREGORY REINHART


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

RCA VICTOR GOLD SEAL UPC
                              09026600292 Australian Erato release

DISC ONE

Part One

01 No. l Sinfony (Overture)    3.08
02 No.2 Recitative: Comfort ye my people tenor    3.03
03 No.3 Air: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted tenor    3.34
04 No.4 Chorus: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed    3.04
OS No.5 Recitative: Thus saith the Lord bass    1.28
06 No.6 Air: But who may abide the day of his coming bass    4.17
07 No.7 Chorus: And he shall purify the sons of Levi    2.36
08 No.8 Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son alto    0.20
09 No.9 Air: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion alto    3.34
10 No.9 Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion    1.34
11 No. 10 Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth bass    1.57
12 No. l l Air: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light bass    3.15
13 No. 12 Chorus: For unto us a child is born    4.06
14 No. 13 Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)    2.31
15 No. 14a Recitative: And there were shepherds abiding in the field soprano
No. 14b Recitative: But lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them soprano
No. 15 Recitative: And the angel said unto them: Fear not soprano
No. 16 Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude
of the heav'nly host soprano    2.31
16 No. 17 Chorus: Glory to God in the highest    1.54
17 No. 18 Air: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion soprano    4.24
18 No. 19 Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened soprano    0.26
19 No.20 Air: He shall feed his flock like a shepherd soprano    4.31
20 No. 21 Chorus: His yoke is easy    2.25

Part Two

21 No.22 Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world    2.37
22 No.23 Air: He was despised and rejected of men alto    9.43
23 No.24 Chorus: Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows    1.50
24 No.25 Chorus: And with his stripes we are healed    2.02
25 No.26 Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray    4.05

DISC TWO

01 No.27 Recitative: All they that see him laugh him to scorn tenor    0.50
02 No.28 Chorus: He trusted in God that he would deliver him    2.29
03 No.29 Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart soprano    1.18
04 No.30 Air: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto his sorrow soprano    1.29
05 No.31 Recitative: He was cut off out of the land of the living soprano    0.16
06 No.32 Air: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell soprano    2.34
07 No.33 Chorus: Lift up your heads, o ye gates    3.08
08 No.34 Recitative: Unto which of the angels said he at any time tenor    0.20
09 No.35 Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship him    1.26
10 No.36 Air: Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive alto    2.50
11 No.37 Chorus: The Lord gave the word: great was the company of the preachers    1.11
12 No.38 & 39 Air: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace ...
Their sound is gone out into all lands soprano    4.53
13 No.40 Air: Why do the nations so furiously rage together bass    2.41
14 No.41 Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder    1.50
15 No.42 Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn tenor    0.15
16 No.43 Air: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron tenor    2.02
17 No.44 Chorus: Hallelujah    3.36

Part Three

18 No.45 Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth soprano    5.10
19 No.46 Chorus: Since by man came death    2.11
20 No.47 Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery bass    0,29
21 No.48 Air: The trumpet shall sound bass    8.39
22 No.49 Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written alto    0.16
23 No.50 Duet: O death, where is thy sting? alto, tenor    1.55
24 No.51 Chorus: But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory    2.20
25 No.52 Air: If God be for us, who can be against us? soprano    4.41
26 No.53 Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain    3.34
27 [No.53 Chorus:] Amen    3.10


SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Warner Brothers label Erato has done everyone a great service by reissuing several of their out-of-print Messiah recordings in budget packaging and remastered sound; this live recording from 1983 with Ton Koopman and The Sixteen is particularly fine, with Koopman giving the oratorio an exceedingly smooth, velvety reading, which is a great pleasure to listen to.  Nothing here is jarring, or overly ornate - the attacks and dynamics are all very moderate, with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra giving a finely finessed performance of the score, The Sixteen are all vocal perfection as usual, but benefit tremendously by being captured in a live setting - it adds to their warmth and expression, and the soloists are uniformly excellent, Gregory James having a vibrant tessatura and alto James Bowman having a lovely golden mellowness to his tone.  There is some different ornamentation applied by the soloists as well, which I found effective, without being terribly ostentatious.  This is such a genial, good natured Messiah that it easily melts into the background while listening; I prefer a bit more drama and fireworks in my Messiahs, but this one, with it's warm, buttery constitution, is a perfectly agreeable, exceedingly gentle listen.


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