RECORDINGS

LABEL: MONK MUSIC PRODUCTIONS
CATALOG NUMBER: CSH 001
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 1:12:25
YEAR RECORDED: 2011
CD RELEASE DATE: 2012
CONDUCTOR: MARK MANGINI
ORCHESTRA: SOUTH FORK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE CHORAL SOCIETY OF THE HAMPTONS
SOPRANO: RADA  HASTINGS
MEZZO-SOPRANO: SUZANNE SCHWING
TENOR: NILS NEUBERT
BARITONE: MISCHA BOUVIER

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DISC ONE

1. Messiah, HWV 56, Sinfonia, Part I: (Orchestra) 3:20
2. Messiah, HWV 56, Comfort Ye My People (Tenor) 2:52
3. Messiah, HWV 56, Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted (Tenor) 3:36
4. Messiah, HWV 56, and the Glory of the Lord (Chorus) 3:16
5. Messiah, HWV 56, Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts (Bass)    1:28
6. Messiah, HWV 56, but Who May Abide the Day of His Coming (Alto) 4:50
7. Messiah, HWV 56, and He Shall Purify the Sons of Levi (Chorus) 2:57
8. Messiah, HWV 56, Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive (Alto) 0:25
9. Messiah, HWV 56, O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Alto and Chorus) 5:38
10. Messiah, HWV 56, for Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth (Bass) 1:59
11. Messiah, HWV 56, for Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth (Bass)    3:45
12. Messiah, HWV 56, for Unto Us a Child Is Born (Chorus) 4:31
13. Messiah, HWV 56, Pifa, Pastoral Symphony (Orchestra) 2:44
14. Messiah, HWV 56, There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Fields (Soprano) 0:36
15. Messiah, HWV 56, and Lo, the Angel of the Lord (Soprano) 0:36
16. Messiah, HWV 56, and the Angel Said Unto Them (Soprano) 0:21
17. Messiah, HWV 56, and Suddenly There Was With the Angel (Soprano) 2:11
18. Messiah, HWV 56, Glory to God in the Highest (Chorus) 4:58
19. Messiah, HWV 56, Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion (Soprano) 3:20
20. Messiah, HWV 56, Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates (Chorus) 0:31
21. Messiah, HWV 56, Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened (Soprano) 5:07
22. Messiah, HWV 56, He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd (Alto and Soprano)    2:32
23. Messiah, HWV 56, His Yoke Is Easy (Chorus)    4:10
24. Messiah, HWV 56, Part II: Hallelujah, Blessing and Honor, Amen (Chorus) 6:55

SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  A live recording from December 2011, this Messiah, under the direction of Mark Mangini features some lovely moments in the beginning, with delicious, controlled playing from the South Fork Chamber Orchestra on the opening Sinfonia.  Tenor Nils Neubert is similarly very fine, with a rich, romantic tone and expert phrasing on both "Comfort Ye" and "Ev'ry Valley".  Unfortunately, from those opening moments, things go quickly downhill.  The Choral Society of the Hamptons simply don't come near the expertise of either the orchestra or soloist which preceded them, with extremely amateurish singing, poor tone, disunity, and bad pitch.  Baritone Mischa  Bouvier is simply OK, sounding affected and a bit unsure.  Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Schwing is better, but is hampered somewhat by tempos that start to drag, and the tendency to lunge up to notes.  Soprano Rada Hastings sounds tremulous and somewhat intimidated in her arias, with a tendency to become shrill in her upper register.  Mingini's direction, which seems so sure and confident at the first, becomes more slow and clumsy as the program goes on, and its evident that the limitations of the forces he's conducting have hamstrung him.  In conclusion, except for a few moments, this recording is simply too amateurish to recommend.


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