RECORDINGS

LABEL: CALA
CATALOG NUMBER: 538
UPC NUMBER: 667549053821
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1 (OTHER IS VIVALDI: FOUR SEASONS)
RUNNING TIME: 103:32
YEAR RECORDED: 1966
CD RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 28, 2004
CONDUCTOR: LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
ORCHESTRA: LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: LONDON SYMPHONY CHORUS
SOPRANO: SHEILA ARMSTRONG
ALTO: NORMA PROCTER
TENOR: KENNETH BOWEN
BASS: JOHN CAMERON


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Australia Decca

DISC ONE

The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings, & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4 45:28
DISC TWO

1. Overture 3:27
2. Every valley shall be exalted 4:24
3.And the glory of the Lord 4:02
4. Pastoral Symphony 4:57
5. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened... He shall feed His flock... Come unto Him 8:57
6. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart... Behold and see if there be any sorrow 3:46
7. He was cut off out of the land of the living... Bu 3:26
8. Why do the nations 5:51
9. Hallelujah 4:56
10. I know that my Redeemer liveth 7:26
11. Since by man came death 2:25
12. Amen 4:27

SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  OK, you wanna talk GRAND Messiah?  SLOW Messiah?  Then we're going to talk about Stokowski's 1966 highlights recording done in "Phase 4 Stereo".  Stokowski today is known primarily among the masses (for better or worse) for this collaboration with Walt Disney on "Fantasia".  But for this recording he chose sixteen movements from Messiah, and, for the life of me, I can't see why he bothered.  The soloists are all old-school operatic who chew their way through each song with relish, the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are recorded with so much echo it sounds as if they're down in a well, and the tempos are ponderous enough to make you believe you're listening to "March of the Baby Elephants".  Stokowski was never known as a Handellian, and with one listen you can see why - he doesn't understand baroque tradition at all.  Added to that is the scant tracklisting, including one track for each of the soloists, and the Overture and Pastoral Symphony to show off the LSO, and there's little to recommend here for even die-hard enthusiasts.


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