RECORDINGS

LABEL: SONY SPECIAL PRODUCTS
CATALOG NUMBER: 20497
UPC NUMBER: 9786308399176
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 45:28
YEAR RECORDED: 196?
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 10, 1995
CONDUCTOR: JOHN PRITCHARD
ORCHESTRA: LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: LONDON PHILHARMONIC CHORUS
SOPRANO: HEATHER HARPER
CONTRALTO: NORMA PROCTER
TENOR: RICHARD LEWIS
BASS: JOHN HOLMES


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DISC ONE

1 And the Glory of the Lord     03:05
2 Comfort Ye My People (Recitative), /Every Valley (Air)     07:25
3 For Unto Us A Child Is Born     04:05
4 Pastoral Symphony     03:22
5 He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd (Air)/Come Unto Him All Ye That     05:56
6 And He Shall Purify     02:33
7 Behold The Lamb Of God     03:19
8 He Was Despised (Air)     05:29
9 The Trumpet Shall Sound (Air)     03:53
10 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Air)     07:00
11 Hallelujah Chorus     04:18

SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  Sir John Pritchard's tenure with the London Philharmonic dates from 1961-1966, and this recording, which I'm guessing comes from that era, sounds very much of its time, with everything overblown, both in performance and sonically.  The London Philharmonic Chorus sounds as if they're singing their very lungs out, and the Orchestra plays with deep, melodramatic swells in the grand, romantic style, but more so - this is a Messiah played and sung with great heaving, panting effort.  The soloists are hit-and-miss; tenor Richard Lewis and soprano Heather Harper have lovely tones, but tend to swoop from note to note, bass John Holmes is very throaty and hollow-toned, and alto Norma Procter sings with great feeling, and similarly great Wagnerian weight.  The Philarmonic Orchestra and Chorus are sloppy here, with ragged entrances and cut-offs, and the recorded sound is thick with echo - the choir especially sounds disunified, with the tenors punching out of the sound far more than the other parts.  With a bare minimum of tracks present, and the very old, shabby sound afforded this performance, I wouldn't recommend this disc over other, better selections.


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