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LABEL: STH QUALITY CLASSICS
CATALOG NUMBER: 19483-2
UPC NUMBER: N/A?
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:22:12
YEAR RECORDED: 1993
CD RELEASE DATE: 1993
CONDUCTOR: PIETER JAN LEUSINK
ORCHESTRA: BAROKORKEST FLORILEGIUM MUSICUM
CHOIR: STADSKNAPENKOOR ELBURG
SOPRANO: MAJA ROODVELDT
COUNTER-TENOR: SYTSE BUWALDA
TENOR: PAUL VAN DEN BEMT
BASS: JULIAN HARTMAN

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DISC ONE

01 Messiah, Part One - Sinfony
02 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- Comfort ye my people
03 Messiah, Part One - Aria- Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
04 Messiah, Part One - Koor- And the glory of the Lord
05 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- Thus saith the Lord
06 Messiah, Part One - Aria- But who may abide
07 Messiah, Part One - Koor- And He shall purify
08 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- Behold a virgin shall
09 Messiah, Part One - Aria- O thou that tellest
10 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- For behold, darkness
11 Messiah, Part One - Aria- The people that walked
12 Messiah, Part One - Koor- For unto us a child is born
13 Messiah, Part One - Pifa
14 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- There were shepherds
15 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- And lo, the angel
16 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- And the angel said
17 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- And suddenly there was an
18 Messiah, Part One - Koor- Glory to God
19 Messiah, Part One - Aria- Rejoice
20 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- Then shall the eyes
21 Messiah, Part One - Recitatief- He shall feed His flock
22 Messiah, Part One - Koor- His yoke is easy and His burthen
23 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- Behold the Lamb of God
24 Messiah, Part Two - Aria- He was despised
DISC TWO

25 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- Surely He hath born
26 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- And with His stripes
27 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- All we like sheep
28 Messiah, Part Two - Recitatief- All they that see Him
29 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- He trusted in God
30 Messiah, Part Two - Recitatief- Thy rebuke hath broken
31 Messiah, Part Two - Aria- Behold, and see
32 Messiah, Part Two - Recitatief- He was cut off out
33 Messiah, Part Two - Aria- But Thou didst not leave
34 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- Lift up your heads
35 Messiah, Part Two - Recitatief- Unto which of the angels
36 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- Let all the angels of God
37 Messiah, Part Two - Aria- Thou art gone up on high
38 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- The Lord gave the word
39 Messiah, Part Two - Aria- How beautiful are the feet
40 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- Their sound is gone out
41 Messiah, Part Two - Aria- Why do the nations
42 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- Let us break
43 Messiah, Part Two - Recitatief- He that dwelleth
44 Messiah, Part Two - Aria- Thou shalt break them
45 Messiah, Part Two - Koor- Hallelujah
46 Messiah, Part Three - Aria- I know that my Redeemer
47 Messiah, Part Three - Koor- Since by man came death
48 Messiah, Part Three - Recitatief- Behold I tell you a mystery
49 Messiah, Part Three - Aria- The trumpet shall sound
50 Messiah, Part Three - Recitatief- Then shall he brought
51 Messiah, Part Three - Duet- O death, where is thy sting
52 Messiah, Part Three - Koor- But thanks be to God
53 Messiah, Part Three - Aria- If God be for us
54 Messiah, Part Three - Koor- Worthy is the Lamb
55 Messiah, Part Three - Koor- Blessing and honour
56 Messiah, Part Three - Koor- Amen

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:   One of the rarest Messiah CD's to find, this out-of-print 1993 recording, released on the Holland-based STH Records label was provided to me by Baroque-connoisseur Yvan Raoux, who highly recommended it, and I am eternally grateful to him for his generosity.  Pieter Jan Leusink, who has recorded two other performances of Messiah, is consistently excellent in his interpretation of Handel's masterwork, with light, dancing tempos, small, baroque forces, and clean, clear execution.  The Florilegium Musicum baroque orchestra is finely delineated in its playing, while the boys and men of Stadsknapenkoor Elberg choir acquit themselves admirably with the difficult choruses, with powerful lower voices nicely balanced against the finely-trained trebles - an impressive choir, overall.  The soloists are more spotty - soprano Maja Roodveldt is a revelation - her brilliant tone and cheerful, masterful performance are simply perfection.  Tenor Paul Van Den Bemt has an odd tone to his voice - a quavery, nasal quality which distracts, and at times is almost comic in its effect.  Counter-tenor Sytse Bulwada is quite good, with a pleasant, mellow quality to his arias, while bass Julian Hartman's deep resonant tone is pleasant, although not as commanding or powerful as others, sounding a bit hollowed out in his upper register.  The recorded sound is quite lovely, recorded in the 15th-Century church of Grote Kerk, Vollenhove, with warm natural acoustics and an excellent pipe organ.  I wish that I could tell you where to find this recording, but it is very rare, but being of high quality, if you should happen upon a copy, I would not hesitate to recommend you add it to your collection.


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