RECORDINGS

LABEL: NEW MEXICO SYMPHONY CHORUS
CATALOG NUMBER: UNKNOWN
UPC NUMBER: UNKNOWN
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: UNKNOWN
YEAR RECORDED: DECEMBER 16, 2012
CD RELEASE DATE: 2013
CONDUCTOR: ROGER MELONE
ORCHESTRA: NEW MEXICO SYMPHONIC
CHOIR: NEW MEXICO SYMPHONIC CHORUS
SOPRANO: CLARA ROTTSOLK
COUNTERTENOR: IAN HOWELL
TENOR: MICHAEL COLVIN
BASS: DAVID GROGAN


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

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DISC ONE

1. Sinfony: Overture    3:06   
2. Recitative: Comfort Ye My People (Tenor)    2:52   
3. Air: Every Valley Shall Be Exalted (Tenor)    3:24   
4. Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord    2:35
5. Recitative: Thus Saith the Lord (Bass)    1:24   
6. Air: But Who May Abide (Countertenor)    4:15
7. Chorus: And He Shall Purify    2:32
8. Recitative: Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive (Countertenor)    :20
9. Air and Chorus: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion (Countertenor)    5:06   
10. Recitative: For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth (Bass) 2:36   
11. Air: The People That Walked in Darkness (Bass)    2:52   
12. Chorus: For Unto Us a Child Is Born    4:04   
13. Pifa: Pastoral Symphony    0:59   
14. Recitative: There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field (Soprano)    0:33   
15. Recitative: And the Angel Said Unto Them (Soprano)    0:40   
16. Recitative: And Suddenly There Was With the Angel (Soprano)    0:17   
17. Chorus: Glory to God in the Highest    1:55   
18. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion (Soprano)    4:03   
19. Recitative: Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind (Countertenor)    0:23   
20. Duet: He Shall Feed His Flock (Countertenor and Soprano)    5:06   
21. Chorus: His Yoke Is Easy    2:10   
22. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God    2:39   
23. Air: He Was Despised (Countertenor)    8:27   
24. Chorus: Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs    1:38   
25. Chorus: And With His Stripes We Are Healed    2:13   
26. Chorus: All We Like Sheep    3:52
27. Recitative: All They That See Him (Tenor)    0:38   
28. Chorus: He Trusted in God    2:17  
DISC TWO

29. Recitative: Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart (Tenor)    1:51   
30. Air: Behold and See If There Be Any Sorrow (Tenor)    1:20   
31. Recitative: He Was Cut Off Out of the Land (Soprano)    0:19   
32. Air: But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell (Soprano)    2:10   
33. Chorus: Lift Up Your Heads    3:01   
34. Recitative: Unto Which of the Angels (Tenor)    0:14   
35. Chorus: Let All the Angels of God Worship Him    1:31   
36. Air: Thou Art Gone Up On High (Countertenor)    3:01   
37. Chorus: The Lord Gave the Word    1:08   
38. Air: How Beautiful Are the Feet (Soprano)    2:09   
39. Chorus: Their Sound Is Gone Out    1:19   
40. Air: Why Do the Nations so Furiously Rage Together (Bass)    2:39   
41. Chorus: Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder    2:00   
42. Recitative: He That Dwelleth in Heaven (Tenor)    0:13   
43. Air: Thou Shalt Break Them (Tenor)    2:06   
44. Chorus: Hallelujah    3:47   
45. Air: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Soprano)    5:37   
46. Chorus: Since By Man Came Death    2:10   
47. Recitative: Behold, I Tell You a Mystery (Bass)    0:33   
48. Air: The Trumpet Shall Sound (Bass)    9:04   
49. Recitative: Then Shall Be Brought to Pass (Countertenor)    0:15   
50. Duet: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? (Countertenor and Tenor)    0:59   
51. Chorus: But Thanks Be to God    2:05   
52. If God Be for Us (Soprano)    4:02   
53. Chorus: Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain    6:15


SITE RATING:  6/10
SITE REVIEW:  Sometimes, a recording just sneaks up on me - despite me regularly checking for new releases, this one has apparently been out for over a year, and I hadn't heard it.  Recorded and released independently through the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, this performance falls comfortably into the range of "regional" recordings which pepper the market, and make no pretensions of breaking out of their geographical niche.  Roger Melone, who conducts, keeps everything light and dancing, but the tempos occasionally drag, turning some of the dancing into a bit of a lurch.  The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus is the weak link here,  with disunity, some stiff melismas, and suspect pitch on occasion, but bringing real proficiency and power to many of the more robust choruses.  Being a live performance, and apparently recorded at a single event, there was no fixing of problems, and audience noise is present with coughing and sneezing captured and is often quite noticeable.  The soloists are uniofrmly good - easily the best recommendation here, with soprano Clara Rottsolk possessing a lovely Bel Canto tone, fluid and beguiling.  Countertenor Ian Howell is very proficient, with a smooth, mellow tone; tenor Michael Colvin is similarly good, and bass David Grogan is superb - with a rich, but not overpowering, presenceThere's much to recommend here, and although not as revelatory a group as Chicago's Apollo's Fire, still has many fine moments, and is worth hearing.


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