RECORDINGS

LABEL: MCA CLASSICS
CATALOG NUMBER: MCAD-5852
UPC NUMBER: 07673258522
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 53:06
YEAR RECORDED: 1983
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 27 1989
CONDUCTOR: GEORGE MALCOLM
ORCHESTRA: THE SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE SCOTTISH PHILHARMONIC SINGERS
SOPRANO: FELICITY LOTT
ALTO: LINDA FINNIE
TENOR: GLENN WINSLADE
BARITONE: HENRY HERFORD


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DISC ONE

1. OVERTURE ("Sinfony") 4:08
    Grave-Allegro moderato
2. COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE (Recit.) 7:09
    EV'RY VALLEY SHALL BE EXALTED (Air)
    Soloist: Glenn Winslade, Tenor
3. AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD (Chorus) 3:29
4. FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN (Chorus) 4:18
5. THERE WERE SHEPHERDS ABIDING IN THE FIELD (Recit.) 4:01
    Soloist: Felicity Lott, Soprano
    GLORY TO GOD (Chorus)
6. HE WAS DESPISED AND REJECTED (Air) 5:31
    Soloist: Linda Finnie, Alto
7. HALLELUJAH (Chorus) 4:30
8. I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH (Air) 7:24
    Soloist: Felicity Lott, Soprano
9. BEHOLD, I TELL YOU A MYSTERY (Acc. Recit.) 5:07 T
    HE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND (Air)
    Soloist: Henry Herford, Bass-Baritone Solo Trumpet: Peter Franks
10. WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN (Chorus) 7:29
      AMEN (Chorus)


SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Another one of those highlights discs which I wish were a full-score recording of Messiah, since the forces assembled are so compelling.  George Malcolm leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with a sure, stylistic hand, playing in a more romantic style, but not with leaden tempos - everything here is carefully measured for effect, with finely-judged dynamic changes, and alternately smooth and sharp attacks.  The soloists are uniformly excellent, with Glenn Winslade a triumphant, heroic tenor; soprano Felicity Lott in her prime with careful, expertly crafted arias; Linda Finnie a mature, vibrant presence on her single solo; and baritone Henry Herford vibrant, if a bit hooty in his moments.  The Scottish Philharmonic Singers are similarly excellent, powerful and clear with no discernible accents distracting from the text.  Malcolm's tempos are slower than I might have expected from the employment of a chamber orchestra, and occasionally sound heavy, but the playing and singing are dramatic, expert, and committed, and I enjoyed the short (a mere 53 minutes) program very much.  Worth seeking out for listeners who might enjoy a taste of Messiah in the Romantic tradition - with very fine playing and singing.


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