OPERA GUILD, LTD. / BMG MUSIC
|NUMBER OF DISCS:
ENGLISH CONCERT, VARIOUS
ENGLISH CONCERT CHOIR
FARRELL, ANNA CASE, ELEANOR
MATZENAUER, MARIAN ANDERSON,
JUDITH RASKIN, JOAN SUTHERLAND
CROOKS, STUART BURROWS, JON
TOZZI, DAVID BISPHAM, HERBERT
1. Comfort ye, my people (3:22) / R.
2. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (3:25) /
3. O thou that tellest good things to Zion
(4:26) / L. Homer
4. The people that walked in darkness
(4:50) / G. Tozzi
5. There were shepherds ... (2:05) / E.
6. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
(4:30) / A. Case
7. Then shall the eyes of the blind ...
(3:46) / M. Marzenauer
8. Come unto Him (4:08) / J. Gadski
9. He was despised (4:38) / M. Anderson
10. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart ... ;
... He was cut off ... (10:47) / J.
11. How beautiful are the feet (2:37) / J.
12. Why do the nations (4:21) / D. Bispham
13. I know that my redeemer liveth (6:48)
/ E. Steber
14. The trumpet shall sound (3:38) / H.
15. If God be for us (4:50) / J.
16. Hallelujah (3:56) / T. Pinnock
SITE RATING: 6/10
promotional item, offered by the Metropolitan
Opera Guild, gathers a cross-section of
talents who have graced the MET stage over a
span of years ranging from 1909 to 1988.
Being a MET release, this Messiah
collection naturally focuses on the solo arias
from Handel's oratorio, and, while the
performances are universally of high quality,
the vast range of recording quality, as well
as the over-the-top talents of most of the
performers will limit its appeal to collectors
and opera lovers only. Several of the
performances are from other available
recordings, with the 1984
Ormandy, 1966 Shaw,
1961 Boult, and 1988 Pinnock Messiahs
all being excerpted. Most interesting to
collectors will be the very early recordings
present, with Johanna Gadski's 1916 "Come Unto
Him", Louise Homer's 1919 "O thou that
tellest good things to Zion", Anna Case's 1922
"Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion" David
Bispham's 1911 "Why Do The Nations," and the
earliest, Herbert Witherspoon's 1909 "The
Trumpet Shall Sound" all making appearances in
relatively good sound. Other rarities
include Richard Crook's 1942 "Comfort ye, my
people", Marian Anderson's 1930 "He was
despised", and Margaret Matzenauer's 1925
"Then shall the eyes of the blind... He shall
feed his flock". Unlike the similar Collector's
Messiah put out several years
after this collection, A Met Messiah
I found to be enjoyable both for the
historical nature of the performances,
together with the high quality of the
performances themselves; and there are enough
unique tracks included to entice even those
who have all of the previously-released tracks
on other Messiahs.