RECORDINGS

LABEL WETON-WESGRAM B.V.
CATALOG NUMBER: CC217
UPC NUMBER: 8717423055587
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: UNKNOWN
YEAR RECORDED: 1994?
CD RELEASE DATE: 2007
CONDUCTOR: ALIPI NAIDENOV
ORCHESTRA: SOFIA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: BULGARIAN CHAPEL CHOIR
SOPRANO: CARMINA TCHAIO
MEZZO-SOPRANO: HRISTINA ANGELACOVA
TENOR: N/A
BASS: PLAMEN HIDJOV


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

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Grand GalaPlatinum Disc CLG
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DISC ONE

1. Sinfonia
2. Comfort Ye, My People-Accompagnato (Tenore)
3. Evíry Valley Shall Be Exalted-Aria (Tenore)
4. And The Glory Of The Lord-Coro
5. Thus Saith The Lord-Accompagnato (Basso)
6. But Who May Abide-Aria (Alto)
7. And He Shall Purify-Coro
8. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive-Recitativo (Mezzo Soprano)
9. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion-Aria (Mezzo Soprano)
10. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion-Coro
11. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth-Accompagnato (Basso)
12. The People That Walked In Darkness-Aria (Basso)
13. For Unto Us A Child Is Born-Coro
14. Pifa-Sinfonia Pastorale
15. There Were Shepherds-Recitativo (Soprano)
16. And Lo, The Angel Of The Lord-Accompagnato (Soprano)
17. And The Angel Said Unto Them-Recitativo (Soprano)
18. And Suddenly There Was With The Angel-Accompagnato (Soprano)
19. Glory To God-Coro
20. Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind-Recitativo (Mezzo Soprano)
21. He Shall Feed His Flock-Duetto (Mezzo Soprano/Soprano)
22. His Yoke Is Easy-Coro
DISC TWO

1. How Beautiful Are The Feet-Aria (Soprano)
2. Why Do The Nations ?-Aria (Basso)
3. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder-Coro
4. He That Dwelleth In Heaven-Recitativo (Tenore)
5. Thou Shalt Break Them-Aria (Tenore)
6. Hallelujah-Coro
7. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth-Aria (Soprano)
8. Behold, I Tell You A Mystery-Accompagnato (Basso)
9. The Trumpet Shall Sound-Aria (Basso)
10. Then Shall Be Brought To Pass-Recitativo (Mezzo Soprano)
11. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting ?-Duetto (Mezzo Soprano/Tenore)
12. But Thanks Be To God-Coro
13. If God Be For Us-Aria (Soprano)
14. Worthy Is The Lamb.... Amen-Coro

SITE RATING:  1/10
SITE REVIEW:  Easily one of the most ineptly performed Messiahs I've ever heard, this 1995 European-produced album, featuring The Bulgarian Chapel Choir, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists, all conducted by Alipi Naidinov is pretty horrific from a performance standpoint.  Naidenov's conduction is blunt and without expression; everything is hammered with long, clumsy strokes exacerbated by the lumbering tempos and full-out singing of the choir.  One listen to the ham-fisted "Hallelujah" will convince most of the dire nature of this recording, but there are other problems - it sounds as if the orchestra is playing from a pirated score, with occasional lapses in familiar lines, and with so much of the oratorio cut (this Netherland release is the fullest account I've found - most of the available releases are in even shorter highlights editions), that it reminded me of the similarly butchered Ormandy disc.  The three named soloists (for some reason, the tenor soloist is completely anonymous) are hampered by wide vibratos which often send them careening off the pitch center, often the impression of being physically manhandled during their performances, and suffer as well from severe regional accents which blur the English libretto to an absurd degree.  This is a live recording as well, and loud coughing is often heard during the quieter moments, as well as chairs shifting and other odd, distracting noises present throughout.  I'm quite frankly astonished that someone felt that this performance merited any kind of recorded transcript, and even more appalled that budget companies like Platinum Records choose this performance to release on their label.  It's a terrible Messiah from beginning to end, and can be easily shunned by all listeners.


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