RECORDINGS

LABEL: CBC RECORDS
CATALOG NUMBER: SMCD 5193
UPC NUMBER: 059582519325
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 65:20
YEAR RECORDED: 1998
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20, 1998
CONDUCTOR: IVARS TAURINS
ORCHESTRA: TAFELMUSIK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: TAFELMUSIK CHAMBER CHOIR
SOPRANO: NATHALIE PAULIN
ALTO: MATTHEW WHITE
TENOR: BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD
BASS: BRETT POLEGATO


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DISC ONE

1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Overture
2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: And the glory
3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: And He shall purify
4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: O thou that tellest
5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: For unto us a Child is born
6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Pifa
7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Glory to God
8. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: His yoke is easy
9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Behold the Lamb of God
10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs
11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: And with His stripes we are healed
12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: All we like sheep have gone astray
13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: All they that see Him
14. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He trusted in God
15. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Lift up your heads
16. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Let all the angels of God
17. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: The Lord gave the word
18. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Their sound is gone out
19. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Why do the nations
20. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Let us break their bonds
21. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah
22. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Since by man came death
23. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: O death, where is they sting?
24. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: But thanks be to God
25. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb
26. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Amen

SITE RATING:  9/10
SITE REVIEW:  I found this to be a completely refreshing, and exhilarating performance of Messiah highlights, with bright, brisk tempi, stunning dynamic flourishes, and exact unity from the choir.  I had never before heard of the Canadian Tafelmusik Chamber Orchestra and Choir, (now known as the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir) or its director, Ivars Taurins, but I'm very much impressed by this virtuoso performance, and their command of the Baroque tradition.  Played and sung with period instruments, this is an electrifying delivery of all of the choruses, with select solo lead ins.  I've read other reviews that seem very nitpicky about the soloists, but I found them perfectly in keeping with the performance, and when you're purchasing a disc like this, the soloists aren't the main attraction.  The choir and orchestra "pop" on such contrapuntal pieces as "Let Us Break Their Bonds" which is one of most exciting interpretations I've ever heard, and bring a fresh emphasis to the growing crescendos of the "Hallelujah" chorus, and "Worthy Is The Lamb"  A truly refined, fresh interpretation that's one of my favorites.  Although the highlights disc is out of print on CD as of this writing, a more expansive recording (33 tracks) is available as a digital download.


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