RECORDINGS

LABEL: PIROUETTE RECORDS / SPIN-O-RAMA
CATALOG NUMBER: XFM 49 / XMK 4011
UPC NUMBER: N/A
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: UNKNOWN
YEAR RECORDED: 1960?
CD RELEASE DATE: N/A
CONDUCTOR: UNKNOWN
ORCHESTRA: STRADIVARI STRINGS
CHOIR: UNKNOWN
SOPRANO: UNKNOWN
CONTRALTO: UNKNOWN
TENOR: UNKNOWN
BASS: UNKNOWN


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DISC ONE

1. Hallelujah
2. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
3. O, Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
4. How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them That Preach the Gospel of Peace
5. Why Do the Nations
6. For Unto Us a Child Is Born
7. Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People
8. He Trusted in God
9. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
10. The Trumpet Shall Sound
11. Amen

SITE RATING:  3/10
SITE REVIEW:  The Stradivari Strings, a "house orchestra" for Pirouette Records, put out several anonymous albums in the late Fifites and early Sixties, and on this similarly eponymous album, tackles choruses from the Messiah with an equally anonymous soloists, choir, and conductor.  The choir is populated by shrieking sopranos and profundo basses who sound as if they're auditioning for a role in Götterdämmerung .  Everything is sung and played with great, heaving gusto, as if this is the last time anyone is going hear Messiah, and needs to make an impression; and its a sure sign of desperate marketing when the producers decide to start the recording with "Hallelujah", ensuring that the most popular, recognizable chorus is heard right off the bat.  This album lived up to every single one of my (admittedly low) expectations.  The soloists are middle-grade talents, with the tenor giving a somewhat bewildered reading of "Every Valley Shall Be Exalted"; the alto sounding like a dowdy matron who's been asked to perform for her dinner guests, much to their dismay; the soprano is a bright spot, having a pure tessitura and not-unpleasant vibrato; and a blustery bass who seems to be channeling a tropical depression in his throaty, overheated solos. The entire production smacks of quick and cheap, and the performances, for the most part, are amateurish in the worst sense of the word.

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