RECORDINGS

LABEL: WARNER CLASSICS & JAZZ
CATALOG NUMBER: 2564 69282-2
UPC NUMBER: 825646928224
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:12:03
YEAR RECORDED: 1996
CD RELEASE DATE: APRIL 6, 2009
CONDUCTOR: YEHUDI MENUHIN
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: KAUNAS STATE CHORUS
SOPRANO: SUSAN ROBERTS
MEZZO-SOPRANO: LILIANA BIZINECHE-EISINGER
TENOR: ALGIRDAS JANUTAS
BASS: BENNO SCHOLLUM


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

Part One

01 No.l Sinfony (Overture)    3.05
02 No.2 Recitative: Comfort ye my people tenor    2.37
03 No. 3 Air: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted tenor    3.00
04 No.4 Chorus: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed    2.31
05 No.5 Recitative: Thus saith the Lord bass    1.30
06 No.6 Air: But who may abide the day of his coming alto    3.44
07 No.7 Chorus: And he shall purify the sons of Levi    2.24
08 No.8 Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son alto    0.26
09 No.9 Air: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion alto    3.30
10 No.9 Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion    1.34
11 No. 10 Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth bass    2.14
12 No. 11 Air: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light bass    3.06
13 No. 12 Chorus: For unto us a child is born    4.04
14 No. 13 Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)    2.55
15 No. 14a Recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field soprano    0.18
16 No. 14b Recitative: And lo, the angel ofthe Lord came upon them soprano    0.20
17 No. 15 Recitative: And the angel said unto them: Fear not soprano    0.38
18 No. 16 Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude    0.15
of the heav'nly host soprano
19 No. 17 Chorus: Glory to God in the highest    1.54
20 No.18 Air: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion soprano    4.23
21 No. 19 Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened alto    0.26
22 No.20 Air: He shall feed his flock like a shepherd soprano, alto    4.50
23 No.21 Chorus: His yoke is easy    2.25

Part Two

24 No.22 Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world    2.26
25 No.23 Air: He was despised and rejected of men alto    8.05
26 No.24 Chorus: Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows    1.31
27 No.25 Chorus: And with his stripes we are healed    1.54
28 No.26 Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray    3.39

DISC TWO

01 No.27 Recitative: All they that see him laugh him to scorn tenor    0.42
02 No.28 Chorus: He trusted in God that he would deliver him    2.23
03 No.29 Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart tenor    2.00
04 No.30 Air: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto his sorrow tenor    1.16
05 No.31 Recitative: He was cut off out of the land of the living tenor    0.17
06 No.32 Air: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell tenor    1.55
07 No.33 Chorus: Lift up your heads, o ye gates    2.56
08 No.34 Recitative: Unto which of the angels said he at any time tenor    0.18
09 No.35 Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship him    1.25
10 No.36 Air: Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive alto    3.12
11 No.37 Chorus: The Lord gave the word: great was the company of the preachers    1.10
12 No.38 Air: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace soprano    2.11
13 No.39 Chorus: Their sound is gone out into all lands    1.27
14 No.40 Air: Why do the nations so furiously rage together bass    2.58
15 No.41 Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder    1.52
16 No.42 Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn tenor    0.12
17 No.43 Air: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron tenor    1.51
18 No.44 Chorus: Hallelujah    3.38

Part Three TroisiPme Partie Dritter Teil

19 No.45 Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth soprano    5.40
20 No.46 Chorus: Since by man came death    2.09
21 No.47 Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery bass    0.28
22 No.48 Air: The trumpet shall sound bass    5.56
23 No.49 Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written alto    0.15
24 No.50 Duet: O death, where is thy sting? alto, tenor    0.48
25 No.51 Chorus: But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory    1.49
26 No.52 Air: If God be for us, who can be against us? soprano    4.40
27 No.53 Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain    3.21
28 [No.53 Chorus:] Amen    3.48


SITE RATING:  5/10
SITE REVIEW:  Out of all the the Messiah reissues that Erato undertook in 2009, this 1998 recording conducted by virtuoso violinist Yehudi Menuhin is by far the weakest; some of the blame is Menuhin's, whose tempos can race faster than seems necessary or appropriate on many of the movements; but the larger fault is the choice of male soloists, tenor Algirdas Janutas, and bass Benno Schollum, neither of whom seem up to the challenge of this particular piece.  Janutas is harsh and strident in his tone, and seems to actually strain in most of his arias, while Schollum struggles visibly with the technical demands of the piece, muscling  his way through the melismas and lacking any sense of purpose in his arias.  The rest of the forces perform with admirable grace, with the Kaunas State Chorus and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra both excellent, rising to the quick-paced demands of Menuhin with exceptional tone and style; and the female soloists, soprano Susan Roberts and mezzo-soprano Liliana Bizineche-Eisinger giving beautiful, sensitive readings with great warmth and expression.  This particular performance was captured live at the Reingau Musik Festival, and the recorded sound is fine enough, however, with two such glaring faults in the male soloists, and with the uneven tempos throughout, I cannot recommend this recording.


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