RECORDINGS

LABEL: NAXOS
CATALOG NUMBER: 8.550317
UPC NUMBER: 730099531726
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 57:19
YEAR RECORDED: 1989
CD RELEASE DATE: JUNE 30, 1992
CONDUCTOR: JAROSLAV KR(E)CHEK
ORCHESTRA: CAPELLA ISTROPLITANA
CHOIR: BRATISLAVA CITY CHOIR
SOPRANO: N/A
CONTRALTO: N/A
TENOR: N/A
BASS: N/A


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

1. Messiah, HWV 56: Overture     3:06
2. Messiah, HWV 56: And the Glory of the Lord    2:56
3. Messiah, HWV 56: And He Shall Purify    2:38
4. Messiah, HWV 56: For Unto Us a Child is Born    4:03
5. Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony    3:08
6. Messiah, HWV 56: Glory to God in the Highest    1:58
7. Messiah, HWV 56: His Yoke is Easy    2:23
8. Messiah, HWV 56: Behold the Lamb of God    3:27
9. Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs    2:24
10. Messiah, HWV 56: And with His Stripes we are Healed    1:46
11. Messiah, HWV 56: All we Like Sheep Have Gone Astray    3:51
12. Messiah, HWV 56: He Trusted in God    2:29
13. Messiah, HWV 56: Lift Up Your Heads O Ye Gates    3:00
14. Messiah, HWV 56: Let All the Angels of God Worship Him    1:32
15. Messiah, HWV 56: The Lord Gave the Word    1:12
16. Messiah, HWV 56: Their Sound is Gone Out    1:28
17. Messiah, HWV 56: Let us Break their Bonds Asunder    1:53
18. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah    3:47
19. Messiah, HWV 56: Since By Man Came Death    2:11
20. Messiah, HWV 56: But Thanks Be to God    2:00
21. Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain    3:35
22. Messiah, HWV 56: Amen    3:30

SITE RATING:  6/10
SITE REVIEW:  This 1989 recording conducted by Jaroslav Kr(e)check and performed by the Bratislava City Choir and Capella Istropolitana on the Naxos label is a good, solid, if unspectacular collection of the Messiah choruses, as well as the Overture and Pastoral Symphony.  Sung in English, the German chorus sing with noticeable accents throughout, but that's not as distracting as the overly-bright tones adopted by the soprano and tenor voices, which sound occasionally shrill.  Also, there are moments of disunity within the chorus, leading to some sloppy passages.  Kr(e)check's tempos are mostly on the moderately bright side, with nothing jumping out at the listener as extreme.  It's a safe, competent reading - but little which moved me.  The recorded sound is also a little dim - lacking the depth and definition which would have helped in some of the articulation which is lost in the muddied acoustics - only the trumpets sound overly mic'ed, punching out of the fabric of sound and often overpowering the chorus with their enthusiasm.  In all, its a good, solid performance, but there are other, better choices for those seeking a "just the choruses" highlights disc.


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