RECORDINGS

LABEL: MADACY
CATALOG NUMBER: GCB2 51311
UPC NUMBER: 628621131129
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 140:05
YEAR RECORDED: 1958
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 2, 2001
CONDUCTOR: WALTER SUSSKIND
ORCHESTRA: LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: LONDON PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
SOPRANO: APRIL CANTELLO
CONTRALTO: HELEN WATTS
TENOR: WILFRED BROWN
BASS: ROGER STALMAN


AUDIO SAMPLES OTHER RELEASES
Alshire International ASCD 201

DISC ONE

1. Overture
2. Comfort Ye My People
3. Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted
4. And the Glory of the Lord
5. Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts
6. But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?
7. And He Shall Purify the Sons of Levi
8. Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive
9. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
10. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth
11. People That Walked in Darkness
12. For Unto Us a Child Is Born
13. Pastorale Symphony
14. There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field
15. Glory to God in the Highest
16. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
17. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Open'd
18. He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd
19. His Yoke Is Easy, His Burden Is Light
20. Behold the Lamb of God
DISC TWO

21. He Was Despised and Rejected of Men
22. Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs
23. And With His Stripes We Are Healed
24. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray
25. All They That See Him, Laugh Him to Scorn
26. He Trusted in God That He Would Deliver Him
27. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart
28. Behold, And See If There Be Any Sorrow
29. He Was Cut Off Out of the Land of the Living
30. But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell
31. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates
32. How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them
33. Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage
34. Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder
35. He That Dwelleth in Heaven
36. Thou Shalt Break Them With a Rod of Iron
37. Hallelujah - London Philharmonic Chorus
38. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
39. Since by Man Came Death - For as in Adam, Even So in Christ
40. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery
41. Trumpet Shall Sound
42. Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain
43. Amen

SITE RATING:  3/10
SITE REVIEW:  Madacy has gotten a lot of mileage out of this lumbering, mechanical 1958 recording.  Repackaged again and again in different guises, but with the same rusty engine underneath, what once started out as a 101 Strings production, and released in England on the budget PYE label, has since migrated  to the States and beyond.  Often saddled with the misleading tag line "The Original Manuscript", this performance is long in the tooth both in age and performance.  Sound wise, it's in good condition, a stereo release, with better fidelity than, say, the Bernstein Messiah, but director Walter Susskind's direction is so lackluster, so heavy, that even though the oratorio cuts nearly ten tracks (mostly from section two), it feels much, much longer than fuller performances.  As to the soloists, they are a mixed lot, with soprano April Cantello fairing best with her easy, effortless arias, tenor Wilfred Brown tries too hard to impress, bass Roger Stalman is throaty and heavy, as is alto Helen Watts with her Wagnerian swells.  The Choir and orchestra are adequate, but neither is helped by the thudding tempi and unimaginative direction.


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