RECORDINGS

LABEL: MARTINGALE
CATALOG NUMBER: 70007-2
UPC NUMBER: 828027000724
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:23:38
YEAR RECORDED: 2003
CD RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 11, 2003
CONDUCTOR: UNKNOWN
ORCHESTRA: THE LONDON CELEBRATION ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE LONDON CELEBRATION CHOIR
SOPRANO: UNKNOWN
CONTRALTO: UNKNOWN
TENOR: UNKNOWN
BASS: UNKNOWN


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

DISC ONE

1. Sinfony
2. Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People
3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
4. And the Glory of the Lord
5. Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts
6. But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming
7. And He Shall Purify the Sons of Levi
8. Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive
9. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
10. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth
11. The People That Walked in Darkness
12. For Unto Us a Child Is Born
13. Pastoral Symphony
14. There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Fields
15. And the Angel Said unto Then
16. And Suddenly There Was with the Angels
17. Glory to God in the Highest
18. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
19. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened
20. And He Shall Feed His Flock
21. His Yoke Is Easy
22. Behold the Lamb of God
23. He Was Despised and Rejected of Men
DISC TWO

1. Surely, Has Hath Borne Our Griefs
2. And With His Stripes We Are Healed
3. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray
4. All They That See Him
5. He Trusted in God
6. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart
7. Behold and See
8. He Was Cut Off Out of the Land of the Living
9. But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell
10. Lift Up Your Heads
11. Unto Which of the Angels Said He at Any Time
12. Let All the Angels of God Worship Him
13. Thou Art Gone Up on High
14. The Lord Gave the Word
15. How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them
16. Their Sound Is Gone Out into All the Lands
17. Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together
18. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder
19. He That Dwelleth in Heaven
20. Thou Shalt Break Them with a Rod of Iron
21. Hallelujah
22. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
23. Since by Man Came Death
24. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery
25. The Trumpet Shall Sound
26. Then Shall Be Brought to Pass
27. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting
28. But Thanks Be to God
29. If God Is for Us
30. Worthy Is the Lamb/Amen

SITE RATING:  5/10
SITE REVIEW:  This Messiah is one of those curious releases which nobody seems to want to claim credit for - it was originally produced by Christian music supplier Martingale Music (who also produced John Rutter's recording of Messiah with the Cambridge Singers), but there is no information about this release on their website.  There is also no information concerning the "London Celebration Choir & Orchestra" who sound like a very small chamber group of no more than about a dozen members.  There is no conductor listed, no recording engineer, producer credit, or any soloists listed by name.  Usually when a release like this hits the market, it's a sure sign that it was quickly thrown together by some studio hacks in order to dupe the public, but this Messiah doesn't quite hit that low - this is a legitimate choir and orchestra performing the complete work, and although it doesn't rate anywhere near the top of the performance scale, it's certainly nothing to be embarrassed about; the soloists, choir and orchestra put on a bright, brisk show, with tempos that are definitely on the fast side, but with the small forces employed, everyone stays in perfect formation.  The soloists aren't world class, but again, any good-sized community would be proud to own them, although the soprano is wispy on her melismas, and the the bass lacks the compelling resonance, I still found no glaring mistakes or flaws.  In fact, I would easily recommend this recording over Leonard Bernstein's or Yehudi Menuhin's.  Not one you should rush out and purchase, but not the disaster I expected, considering it's anonymous parentage.


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