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LABEL: FIRST IMPRESSION
CATALOG NUMBER: FIMSACD039
UPC NUMBER: 0828767203928
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 70:57, 60:13
YEAR RECORDED: 1982
CD RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 10, 2003
CONDUCTOR: ANDERS ÷HRWALL
ORCHESTRA: SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: STOCKHOLM BACH CHOIR
SOPRANO: YVONNE KENNY
COUNTERTENOR: PAUL ESSWOOD
TENOR: MARTYN HILL
BASS: MAGNUS LIND»N


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DISC ONE

1. Sinfonia (Grave. Allegro Moderato)           2:59
2. Comfort ye (Arioso, tenor)         2:53
3. Every valley (Air, tenor)         3:49
4. And the glory of the Lord (Chorus)         2:57
5. Thus saith the Lord (Recitative, bass)         1:28
6. But who may abide (Air, countertenor)         4:28
7. And He shall purify (Chorus)         2:51
8. Behold, a virgin (Recitative, countertenor)         0:30
9. O thou that tellest (Air, countertenor & chorus)         5:42
10. For, behold (Recitative, bass)         1:41
11. The people that walked (Air, Bass)         3:27
12. For unto us a Child is born (Chorus)         4:34
13. Pifa         2:43
14. There were shepherds abiding         1:34
15. Glory to God (Chorus)         2:24
16. Rejoice greatly (Air, soprano)         4:35
17. Then shall the eyes (Recitative, countertenor)         0:30
18. He shall feed his flock (Duet, alto & soprano)         5:25
19. His yoke is easy (Chorus)         2:38
20. Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)         2:16
21. He was despised (Air, countertenor)         11:00
DISC TWO

1. Surely, He hath borne (Chorus)         1:50
2. And with His stripes (Chorus)         2:19
3. All we like sheep (Chorus)         4:12
4. All they that see Him (Recitative, tenor)         0:43
5. He trusted in God (Chorus)         2:19
6. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Recitative, soprano)         2:15
7. Behold, and see (Arioso, sporano)         1:22
8. He was cut out (Recitative, tenor)         0:24
9. But Thou didst not leave (Air, tenor)         2:31
10. Lift up your heads (Chorus)         3:14
11. Unto which of the angels said (Recitative, tenor)         0:18
12. Let all the angels (Chorus)         1:32
13. Thou art gone (Air, countertenor)         3:07
14. The Lord gave the word (Chorus)         1:17
15. How beautiful (Air, soprano)         2:18
16. Why do the nations (Air, bass)         1:23
17. Let us break their bonds (Chorus)         1:48
18. He that dwelleth (Recitative, tenor)         0:17
19. Thou shalt break them (Air, tenor)         2:04
20. Hallelujah (Chorus)         4:03
21. I know that my Redeemer liveth (Air, soprano)         6:08
22. Since byman came death (Chorus)         1:50
23. Behold, I tell you a mystery (Recitative, bass)         0:36
24. The trumpet shall sound (Air, bass)         4:15
25. Then shall be brought (Recitative, countertenor)         0:22
26. Worthy is the Lamb (Chorus)         3:22
27. Amen         3:57

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Anders ÷hrwall's 1982 recording of Messiah done for the audiophile label First Impressions is stylish and well recorded, with bright tempi, gorgeous singing from the Stockholm Bach Choir and sparkling playing from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.  The sound, although taken from a live performance, is fittingly excellent for a label that touts its superior sound, and the soloists are first rate, with a couple of caveats.  Tenor Martyn Hill is very fine, although he sounds like he strains in his upper register and melismas, and Yvonne Kenny is a smooth, perfectly fitted soprano, singing with great technique and if not much feeling.  Countertenor Paul Esswood is also technically very good, although I found his tone distracting, although I enjoyed his pure pitch centers and fluid vocals.  Bass Magnus LindŤn I didn't like at all - his throaty, swallowed tone and blustery manner were completely out of sync with his fellow soloist's sweeter tones.  ÷hrwall's conducting is splendid, with bright, majestic flourishes reminiscent of Handel's court music; and I can't say enough about the fine, unified playing and singing of the choir and orchestra.  Available as a hybrid SACD-DSD and the rarer XRCD format, this fine recording deserves to be heard by Messiah lovers everywhere.


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