RECORDINGS
The Classics
                              Record Library
LABEL: THE CLASSICS RECORD LIBRARY
CATALOG NUMBER: SRL 4572
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 3
RUNNING TIME: UNKNOWN
YEAR RECORDED: 1957?
RELEASE DATE: 1958
CONDUCTOR: THOMPSON STONE
ORCHESTRA: THE ZIMBLER SINFONETTA
CHOIR: THE HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY OF BOSTON
SOPRANO: ADELE ADDISON
CONTRALTO: LORNA SYDNEY
TENOR: DAVID LLOYD
BASS: DONALD GRAMM


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KAPP KC-9025-SThe Boston
                              Tape Library BO 7-9ACE-R 67 (Decca)

DISC ONE

SIDE ONE
1. Sinfornia
2. Comfort ye
3. Every valley
4. And the glory of the Lord
5. Thus saith the Lord
6. But who may abide

SIDE TWO
1. Behold! A virgin shall conceive
2. O thou that tellest good tidings
3. O thou that tellest (chorus)
4. For behold, darkenss shall cover
5. The people that walked in darkness
6. For unto us a child is born
7. Sinfonia Pastorale
DISC TWO

SIDE THREE
1. There were shepherds
2. And lo! the angel of the Lord
3. And the angel said unto them
4. And suddenly there was with the angel
5. Glory to God in the highest
6. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
7. Then shall the eyes of the blind
8. He shall feed His flock
9. Come unto Him
10. His yoke is easy and his burden is light

SIDE FOUR
1. Behold the Lamb of God
2. He was despised
3. Surely He hath borne our griefs
4. All we like sheep have gone astray
5. All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn
6. He trusted in God that He would deliver
7. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
8. Behold and see if there be any sorrow
DISC THREE

SIDE FIVE
1. He was cut off from the land of the living
2. But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell
3. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
4. How beautiful are the feet
5. Why do the nations so furously rage
6. He that dwelleth in Heaven
7. Thou shalt break them
8. Hallelujah!

SIDE SIX
1. I know that my Redeemer liveth
2. Behold, I tell you a mystery
3. The trumpet shall sound
4. Worthy is the Lamb
5. Amen

SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  Distributed during the late 1950s through the Classics Records Library (a division of the Book-of-the-Month Club), this generally excellent recording, with Boston conductor Thompson Stone leading the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston Chorus and Zimbler Sinfonetta chamber orchestra revels in its Victorian-era splendor with grand tempi, long melodic lines, and dense sonorities. Despite listing itself as a chamber ensemble, the Zimbler Sinfonetta sounds as full as a full symphony orchestra here, and play with tremendous richness and passion.  Tenor David Lloyd has a superb, rich tone which blends perfectly with the Romantic sensibilities on display, although his quick vibrato made me smile a bit with its near serio-comic tinge of melodrama. The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston (still going strong at this writing) sing with great vigor and strength, with that hammer-like strength which typifies choral singing from this era, it can be thrilling in powerful moments (such as the commanding "Glory to God"), and shimmer with beauty on the adagios; but also carries a bluntness and weight during the more emphatic choruses that seems entirely at odds with modern Baroque interpretations. Bass Donald Gramm is one of the best basses I've heard in any Messiah - he seems entirely at ease singing the difficult melismas, and has a tone that I found extraordinarily fine and commanding.  Contralto Lorna Sydney, an Australian native who was imprisoned by the Nazi regime during WWII, sings with intense pathos, and soprano Adele Addison sing with a rich, warm tone that's quite bewitching.  In sum, this Messiah is one of the best of the era -  warm, full of feeling, and utterly professional - and is a hopeful candidate to one day be rescued from its relative obscurity.


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