RECORDINGS

LABEL: MUSIC INCORPORATED
CATALOG NUMBER: CCR 1947
UPC NUMBER: 034776194724
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 45:55
YEAR RECORDED: 1977
CD RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1, 1995
CONDUCTOR: UNKNOWN
ORCHESTRA: THE CATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR
SOPRANO: N/A
CONTRALTO: N/A
TENOR: N/A
BASS: N/A


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES


DISC ONE

1. Overture     4:22
2. And the Glory    2:41
3. And He Shall Purify    2:09
4. O Thou That Tellest    1:22
5. For Unto Us a Child    3:40
6. Pastoral    3:33
7. Glory To God    1:49
8. His Yoke Is Easy    2:03
9. Behold the Lamb of God    3:36
10. Surely    2:05
11. And With His Stripes    1:51
12. Lift Up Your Heads    3:03
13. Hallelujah Chorus    3:21
14. Since By Man Came Death    1:52
15. But Thanks Be To God    2:12
16. Worthy Is the Lamb    3:17
17. Amen    2:59

SITE RATING:  0/10
SITE REVIEW:  It says something discouraging about human nature that a Messiah such as this, which has been around long enough to survive both the vinyl, CD, and digital download revolutions, continues to be marketed and sold to an unsuspecting public.  It's horrible through and through, with sound that appears to have been taken from an audience tape recorder, tempos that race nearly as much as Minkowski's folly, and it's only redeeming feature in that it's a scant 43 minutes long.  No one is credited here, which is probably all to the best, since no one would conceivably wish to lay claim to this monstrosity.  The choir and symphony, which uses the anonymous "Cathedral" moniker, apparently only has one claim to fame: they're big.  "Over 100 Voices & Strings" the cover announces, and despite their size, they're able to move at a pace that seems to be striving for a Guinness World Record.  "Since By Man Came Death" races along at an unreasonable rate, and the choir and orchestra blaze through the final "Amen" as if they all had someplace urgent they needed to get to.  A shockingly cynical recording that should be avoided by all.


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