RECORDINGS

LABEL: ARTE NOVA CLASSICS
CATALOG NUMBER: 418490
UPC NUMBER: 723721312152
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 71:24, 56:34
YEAR RECORDED: JUNE 22, 23, 1996
CD RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
CONDUCTOR: ROSS POPLE
ORCHESTRA: LONDON FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: TALLIS CHAMBER CHOIR
SOPRANO: ANN LIEBECK
ALTO: YVONNE HOWARD
TENOR: RICHARD EDGAR-WILSON
BASS: DAVID BARRELL


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DISC ONE

1. Part 1. Symphony. Grave - Allegro moderato
2. Part 1. Accompagnato. Comfort ye my people
3. Part 1. Air. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
4. Part 1. Chorus. And the glory of the Lord
5. Part 1. Accompagnato. Thus saith the Lord
6. Part 1. Air. But who may abide the day of His coming
7. Part 1. Chorus. And He shall purify
8. Part 1. Recitative. Behold, a virgin shall conceive    
9. Part 1. Air and Chorus. O thou that tellest
10. Part 1. Accompagnato. For behold
11. Part 1. Air. The people that walked in darkness
12. Part 1. Chorus. For unto us a Child is born
13. Part 1. Pifa. Larghetto e mezzo piano
14. Part 1. Recitative. There were shepherds    
15. Part 1. Accompagnato. And lo, the angel    
16. Part 1. Recitative. And the angel said unto them
17. Part 1. Accompagnato. And suddenly    
18. Part 1. Chorus. Glory to God in the highest
19. Part 1. Air. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
20. Part 1. Recitative. Then shall the eyes of the blind    
21. Part 1. Duet. He shall feed His flock
22. Part 1. Chorus. His yoke is easy, His burden is light
23. Part 2. Chorus. Behold the Lamb of God
24. Part 2. Air. He was despised
25. Part 2. Chorus. Surely, He hath borne our griefs
26. Part 2. Chorus. And with His stripes we are healed
27. Part 2. Chorus. All we like sheep have gone astray
DISC TWO

1. Part 2. Accompagnato. All they that see Him
2. Part 2. Chorus. He trusted in God
3. Part 2. Accompagnato. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
4. Part 2. Arioso. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
5. Part 2. Accompagnato. He was cut off    
6. Part 2. Air. But Thou didst not leave His soul in Hell
7. Part 2. Chorus. Lift up your heads
8. Part 2. Recitative. Unto which the angels said He at any time    
9. Part 2. Chorus. Let all the angels of God worship Him
10. Part 2. Chorus. The Lord gave the word
11. Part 2. Air. How beautiful are the feet of them
12. Part 2. Air. Why do the nations so furiously rage together
13. Part 2. Chorus. Let us break their bonds asunder
14. Part 2. Recitative. He that dwelleth in heaven    
15. Part 2. Air. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
16. Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah
17. Part 3. Air. I know that my Redeemer liveth
18. Part 3. Chorus. Since by man came death
19. Part 3. Accompagnato. Behold, I tell you a mystery
20. Part 3. Air. The trumpet shall sound
21. Part 3. Duet. O death, where is thy sting?
22. Part 3. Chorus. But thanks be to God
23. Part 3. Chorus. Wothy is the Lamb that was slain

SITE RATING:  7/10
SITE REVIEW:  New Zealand-borne British conductor Ross Pople leads a very sure Messiah that will be sure to please most listeners, with his own London Festival Orchestra playing, and the small forces of the Tallis Chamber Choir giving a very unified, tight reading of the score.  Tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson is a bit florid for my tastes, singing with plenty of  high operatic style, but it's "bass" David Barrell who is the curiosity on this recording; he's not a bass at all but a Welsh tenor (!) his tone is quite light, and he struggles to reach the low pitches!  Why he was cast here is one of those mysteries that I suspect I'll never discover.  Of the other soloists, alto Yvonne Howards has a strong vibrato in her tone, but lots of dramatic weight in her solos, and soprano Ann Liebeck sounds slightly challenged in her role, with pitch problems in the higher reaches.  I also heard a couple of errors in the trumpets, which leads to believe, though it's not stated explicitly in the notes, that this might be a live performance.  If so, it's a overall fine one, with brisk, bright tempos and generally bright singing.  ~ BDW


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