RECORDINGS

LABEL: SANCTUARY RECORDS
CATALOG NUMBER: CD RSN 3034
UPC NUMBER: 743625303421
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 56:02
YEAR RECORDED: 1984
CD RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 9, 2004
CONDUCTOR: MARTIN NEARY
ORCHESTRA: LONDON HANDEL ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR
TREBLE: THOMAS DREW
SOPRANO: PATRIZIA KWELLA
CONTRALTO: MARGARET CABLE
TENOR: WILLIAM KENDALL
BASS: STEPHEN KEARY


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES
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DISC ONE

1. Comfort Ye - Accompagnato     3:19
2. Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted - Air (tenor)    3:45
3. And The Glory Of God - Chorus    3:00
4. For Unto Us A Child Is Born - Chorus    4:07
5. Pastoral Symphony - Larghetto E Mezzo Piano    1:09
6. There Were Shepherds Abiding In The Field - Recitative    0:17
7. And Lo, The Angel Said Unto Them - Recitative    0:21
8. And The Angel Said Unto Them - Recitative    0:42
9. And Suddenly There Was With The Angel - Accompagnato (treble)    0:18
10. Glory To God - Chorus    2:04
11. He Was Despised - Air (alto)    10:07
12. Hallelujah - Chorus    4:02
13. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Air (soprano)    5:47
14. Behold I Tell You A Mystery - Recitative    0:31
15. The Trumpet Shall Sound - Air (bass)    8:48
16. Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain - Chorus    3:44
17. Amen - Chorus    3:54

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Despite some rather painful mis-steps (most notably in the bass soloist, who is forced and unattractive in an unnecessarily ornamented "The Trumpet Shall Sound"), this Messiah highlights disc is replete with a fine mix of arias and choruses from Handel's most famous work. The rest of the soloists are admirable, especially tenor William Kendall and treble Thomas Drew, who bring out marvelously clear, supple vocals. The Winchester Cathedral Choir has a wonderful blend of young voices give the choruses a bright freshness, and conductor Martin Neary's tempos and interpretations are all neat and unaffected. This is a small ensemble, which means that you won't find thunderous power during "Hallelujah" or "Worthy Is The Lamb", but there is plenty of crisp diction, wonderful intonation, and youthful enthusiasm. I only wish that this was a complete recording, as several fine songs are missing. Worth adding to your Messiah collection.


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