RECORDINGS

LABEL: ALLEGRETTO
CATALOG NUMBER: ACD 8411
UPC NUMBER: 04716384112
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 70:30
YEAR RECORDED: 1985
CD RELEASE DATE: 1991
CONDUCTOR: DONALD NEUEN
ORCHESTRA: EASTMAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER ORCH.
CHOIR: EASTMAN CHORALE
SOPRANO: JENNIFER CABLE, CARMEN PELTON, TERESA RINGHOLZ
CONTRALTO: MARCIA BALDWIN, JAN DEGAETANI
TENOR: SETH MCCOY
BASS: THOMAS PAUL, JAMES COURTNEY


AUDIO SAMPLES OTHER RELEASES

NONE
Great Composers & Their Music No
                              23Pantheon
                              07205

DISC ONE

1. And The Glory of the Lord
2. And He Shall Purify
3. Recitative Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive
4. Air and Chorus O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion
5. For Unto Us a Child Is Born
6. Glory To God
7. His Yoke Is Easy, and His Burden Is Light
8. Behold the Lamb of God
9. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs
10. And With His Stripes We Are Healed / All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray
11. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray (cont)
12. Recitative All They That See Him, Laugh Him To Scorn
13. He Trusted In God That He Would Deliver Him
14. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates
15. Recitative Unto Which Of The Angels Said He
16. Let All The Angels Of God Worship Him
17. The Lord Gave The Word
18. Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands
19. Air and Recitative Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage
20. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder
21. Recitative He That Dwelleth In Heaven
22. Air Thou Shalt Break Them
23. Hallelujah!
24. Since By Man Came Death
25. Recitative Then Shall Be Brought To Pass
26. Duet O Death, Where Is Thy Sting
27. But Thanks Be To God
28. Worthy Is The Lamb/Amen


SITE RATING:  6/10
SITE REVIEW: In the liner notes for this highlights collection of Messiah, Professor Emeritus Alfred Mann claims no special genius in the creation of this recording; the only reason he gives for this disc was ...well, basically, because they could.  The occasion being the three hundredth anniversary of Handel's birth, and the forces being the Eastman School of Music. Sounds like as good a reason as any to make a record, right? As a performance, it's certainly competent, but no more than that; the soloists, who are generously doled out between several students, at times struggle with the technical demands of the work, but the chorus and orchestra perform well, but again, without any distinctive style or command over the music.  It's a studio recording, done in the school's own studios, which surprised me, I would've guessed this project would have been live, and probably could have benefited from the energy of a live setting.  I imagine if you were a student or parent of a student who took part in this recording, this would be a nice keepsake, but for anyone else, I can't imagine that it would hold any appeal except for die-hard collectors. First issued in 1985 on Word, then reissued (why?) in 1991 on Allegretto, this album has been popping up on anonymous "budget" labels in recent years, but in whatever guise, it has been surpassed many times by far more affecting performances. ~ BDW


The Compleat Messiah All Content Copyright 2015 Bret D. Wheadon
All Rights Reserved.