RECORDINGS

LABEL: CORPUS CHRISTI CHORALE
CATALOG NUMBER: N/A
UPC NUMBER: 805996813326
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 39:26
YEAR RECORDED: 2005
CD RELEASE DATE: U2005
CONDUCTOR: RONNIE SANDERS
ORCHESTRA: N/A
CHOIR: THE CORPUS CHRISTI CHORALE
SOPRANO: N/A
MEZZO-SOPRANO: N/A
TENOR: N/A
BARITONE: N/A


AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES

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DISC ONE

1. And the glory of the Lord - 2:49
2. And he shall purify - 2:47
3. O thou that tellest - 1:46
4. For unto us a child is born - 4:31
5. His yoke is easy - 2:37
6. Behold the lamb of God - 3:27
7. Surely he hath borne our griefs - 2:10
8. And with his stripes we are healed - 2:01
9. All we like sheep - 4:23
10. Hallelujah - 4:25
11. Worthy is the lamb, amen - 8:30

SITE RATING:  1/10
SITE REVIEW:  A short, chorus-only highlights album from The Corpus Christi Chorale under the direction of Ronnie Sanders, this amateur recording holds no interest for Messiah collectors, other than its rarity.  With a dim, organ-only accompaniment, and lots of extraneous noise present, the hearer's only hopes lie in the performance itself, which, under the leaden hand of its director, has no chance of taking flight.  The Corpus Christi Chorale are earnest, but underserved by the muddy ambiance, poorly-recorded sound, and their own limitations, which includes disunity, too-often occurrences of pitch issues, and the aforementioned uninspired direction of Mr. Sanders.  Which is doubly unfortunate, since the apparent sole purpose of this release is to tout his "highly-imaginative choral rehearsal techniques" and his "sensitive musical artistry through his passionate, sweeping gestures" all of which are lauded in the self-serving, entirely navel-gazing liner notes which fill up the entirety of the single sheet of information insert, which is also quick to point out that Mr. Sanders is eager and ready to accept any "conducting engagements, conferences, workshops, clinics, adjudication and as a guest speaker or writer" job offered him.  I'm certain that, if you are Ronnie's parents, this laudatory souvenir is something to be treasured, but for all others, it's a torturous listen.  


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