RECORDINGS

LABEL: FANCORPS
CATALOG NUMBER: N/A
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:19:08
YEAR RECORDED: 2003
CD RELEASE DATE: APRIL 6, 2004
CONDUCTOR: TERJE KVAM
ORCHESTRA: TELEMANN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: QUODLIBET CHOIR
SOPRANO: HEATHER SARRIS
ALTO: PAMELA DELLAL
TENOR: BARRY CRAFT
BASS: DAVID MURRAY


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

1. Overture     3:00
2. Comfort Ye My People    2:49
3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted    3:47
4. And the Glory of the Lord    2:49
5. Thus Saith the Lord    1:23
6. But Who May Abide    4:11
7. And He Shall Purifiy    2:33
8. Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive    0:24
9. O Thou That Tellest    5:26
10. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth    1:45
11. The People That Walked in Darkness    3:18
12. For Unto Us a Child Is Born    4:06
13. Pastoral    1:03
14. There Were Shepherds    0:32
15. And the Angel Said Unto Them    0:32
16. And Suddenly There Was With the Angel    0:16
17. Glory to God    1:54
18. Rejoice Greatly    4:29
19. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind    0:36
20. He Shall Feed His Flock    5:27
21. His Yoke Is Easy    2:18
22. Behold the Lamb of God    2:38
23. He Was Despised    11:12
24. Surely    1:39
25. And With Stripes    1:56
DISC TWO

1. All We Like Sheep    3:54
2. All They That See Him    0:42
3. He Trusted in God    2:19
4. Thy Rebuke    1:49
5. Behold and See    1:38
6. He Was Cut Off    0:20
7. But Thou Didst Not Leave    2:03
8. Lift Up Your Heads    3:00
9. Unto Which of the Angels    0:15
10. Let All the Angels of God    1:24
11. Thou Art Gone Up High    3:07
12. The Lord Gave the Word    1:13
13. How Beautiful Are the Feet    2:29
14. Their Sound Is Gone Out    1:29
15. Why Do the Nations    2:42
16. Let Us Break the Bonds    1:47
17. He That Dwelleth in Heaven    0:14
18. Thou Shalt Break Them    2:14
19. Hallelujah    3:38
20. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth    5:28
21. Since By Man Came Death    2:01
22. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery    0:35
23. The Trumpet Shall Sound    8:49
24. Then Shall Be Brought to Pass    0:19
25. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?    1:09
26. But Thanks Be to God    2:20
27. If God Be for Us    4:28
28. Worthy Is the Lamb    7:39

SITE RATING:  5/10
SITE REVIEW:  I first became aware of this recording through the short EP download released by tenor Barry Craft; unimpressed by the heavy-handed and amateurish performance of his, I later discovered that there was a full-length Messiah performance available through Craft's website, but didn't rush to purchase it.  Now however, the album has been made available as an inexpensive download, and am able to place his performance in its full context.  Recorded live in Japan(?), with Norweigian conductor Terje Kvam leading the Telemann Chamber Orchestra and Quodlibet Choir (under the baton of Yoshifumi Hata), this Messiahis a workman-like production, with flat, dim accoustics, square direction, and soloists who all fare about the same as Barry Craft, or somewhat better.  Soprano Heather Sarris is bright and genial in her arias, seemingly unaware of the gravitas of the text she is singing; alto Pamela Dellal is solid, but emotionally removed from her arias, and bass David Murray is competent, but nothing more.  The Quodlibet Choir sings with a thick palette of sound which isn't helped by the occasinally ponderous tempos or the flat recorded sound, which serves to emphasize the Choir's occasionally distracting Eastern accent.  The entire performance simply feels heavy and flat, with talents which tend to veer closer to the amateur level than a polished, professional troupe.  I recommend passing this one by, unless you are a Messiah completist.


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