RECORDINGS

LABEL: THANK YOU MUSIC
CATALOG NUMBER: 6-125-68080-0
UPC NUMBER: 9786125680808
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 38:16
DATE RECORDED: 1994?
RELEASE DATE: 1995
ARTIST: GARY LOWRY
ORCHESTRA: N/A
CHOIR: N/A
SOPRANO: N/A
CONTRALTO: N/A
TENOR: N/A
BASS: N/A




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DISC ONE

1. Overture
2. Comfort Ye My People
3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
4. And The Glory Of The Lord
5. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion
6. For Unto Us A Child Is Born
7. Pastoral Symphony
8. Glory To God
9. He Shall Feed His Flock
10. Hallelujah!

SITE RATING:  9/10
SITE REVIEW:  Sadly out-of-print, this transcription of Handel's Messiah for classical guitar is masterfully done by guitarist/Christian artist Gary Lowry, who faithfully, without any attempt at dramatic reinvention, has painstakingly converted ten movements of Messiah for guitar, transcribing the orchestral, solo, and chorus parts, and then playing each part himself, layering the guitars tracks carefully over each other seamlessly.  The effect is far more effective and moving than mere "New Age" stylings - which tend to strip down classical works to bare minimum - Mr. Lowry, in taking all the different parts into consideration, has made this music something new to be experienced and appreciated.  By using the classical guitar, he transports Handel's baroque oratorio into a fresh palette; it sounds not unlike John Dowland's lute music, but using Handel's melodic, accessible forms.  He's amazingly virtuostic as well - one listen to the intricate fretwork performed on "Glory To God" needs to be heard to be believed, as he runs effortlessly up and down the scale in harmonic thirds.  I was quite literally entranced by his sensitive, beautiful playing.  My only complaint is that at thirty-eight minutes, I was left wanting more, and after hearing this transformed Messiah, I could easily hear the entire work expanded and re-imagined as a chamber piece.  Well worth seeking out if you're in the mood for hearing Messiah anew.


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