RECORDINGS

LABEL: ARCHIV PRODUKTION
CATALOG NUMBER: 471341
UPC NUMBER: 028947134121
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 2:02:51
YEAR RECORDED: 2001
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 16, 2001
CONDUCTOR: MARC MINKOWSKI
ORCHESTRA: LES MUSICIENS DU LOUVRE- GRENOBLE
CHOIR: CHOEURS DES MUSICIENS DU LOURVRE
SOPRANO: LYNNE DAWSON, NICHOLE HEASTON
MEZZO-SOPRANO: MAGDALENA KOZENA
CONTRALTO: CHARLOTTE HELLEKANT
COUNTERTENOR: BRIAN ASAWA
TENOR: JOHN MARK AINSLEY
BARITONE: RUSSELL SMYTHE
BASS: BRIAN BANNATYNE-SCOTT


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DISC ONE

1 Symphony [3:12]
2 "Comfort ye, My people" [3:02]
3 "Ev'ry Valley shall be exalted" [3:00]
4 "And the glory of the Lord" [2:04]
5 "Thus saith the Lord" [1:15]
6 "But who may abide the day of his coming" [4:09]
7 "And He shall purify the sons of Levi" [2:12]
8 "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" [0:20]
9 "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" [2:58]
10 9. Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings [1:17]
11 "For behold, darkness shall cover" [1:36]
12 "The people that walked in darkness" [2:54]
13 "For unto us a Child is born" [3:28]
14 Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) [2:34]
15 "There were shepherds... And lo, the angel of the Lord...And the angel said unto them...And suddenly" [1:09]
16 "Glory to God in the highest" [1:36]
17 "Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion" [3:43]
18 "Then shall the eyes of the blind" [0:21]
19 " He shall feed his flock" [5:21]
20 "His yoke is easy" [2:00]
DISC TWO

1 "Behold the Lamb of God" [3:39]
2 "He was despised" [12:12]
3 "Surely He hath borne...And with His stripes ...All we like sheep" [7:12]
4 "All they that see Him" [0:39]
5 "He trusted in God" [1:48]
6 "Thy rebuke hath broken His heart" [2:08]
7 "Behold and see" [1:59]
8 "He was cut off" [0:16]
9 "But thou didst not leave his soul in Hell" [1:46]
10 "Lift up your heads" [2:27]
11 "How beautiful are the feet" [3:49]
12 "Why do the nations so furiously rage together?" [2:26]
13 "Let us break their bonds asunder" [1:27]
14 "He that dwelleth in heaven...Thou shalt break them" [1:53]
15 "Hallelujah" [3:00]
16 "I know that my Redeemer liveth" [6:09]
17 "Since by man came death" [1:50]
18 "Behold, I tell you a mystery" [0:26]
19 "The trumpet shall sound" [6:03]
20 "Then shall be brought to pass" / "O death where is thy sting?" [1:04]
21 "But thanks be to God" [1:53]
22 "If God be for us" [3:59]
23 "Worthy is the Lamb... Amen" [6:35]

SITE RATING:  5/10
SITE REVIEW:  When approaching a work that you're unfamiliar with, there are two basic approaches: 1.) Don't listen to other's versions, in order to keep your work fresh and unaffected by others' interpretations, or 2.) immerse yourself deeply in what's gone before, and then choose the best parts for your own vision.  Marc Minkowski, who professes not to have been familiar with Messiah before this recording project, opted for the first approach, which can be rewarding if the director brings something new to the interpretation, but in Minkowski's hands, Messiah becomes a farce.  It's certainly not the fault of the French orchestra and choir, who are certainly more familiar with Handel's demands than their director; and you cannot fault the army of soloists which Minkowski saddles himself with - no less than eight soloists, with Lynn Dawson and John Mark Ainsley leading the pack of experienced Handellians.  No, the fault is supremely Minkowski's who defies all conventions (which he may have hoped for) and common sense (which I doubt he anticipated) in his tempos - especially on the choruses, which he speeds along as if all the hounds of hell were chasing after him.  The rapidity of the tempos goes against not only the demands of the piece, but against all natural sense - what possible reason could there be to direct "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" as if in a blind panic?  The soloists and choir and orchestra should be applauded for their virtuosity in keeping up with Markowski's demands, but unless you're a completist, this Messiah is simply a curiosity piece, not an essential.


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