RECORDINGS

LABEL: VMS MUSICAL TREASURES
CATALOG NUMBER: 635
UPC NUMBER: 9120012236356
NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
RUNNING TIME: 71:32, 64:00
YEAR RECORDED: 1990
CD RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 3, 2009
CONDUCTOR: LYNDON WOODSIDE
ORCHESTRA: RUBINSTEIN SINFONIA
CHOIR: THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
SOPRANO: MARYLIN ALTMAN
MEZZO-SOPRANO: JULIA DAVIDSON
TENOR: PERRY PRICE
BASS-BARITONE: ANDREW MURPHY
BASS: PETER ELVIN


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DISC ONE

1. Sinfonia/Overture
2. Comfort ye my people/Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
3. And the glory, the glory of the Lord
4. Thus saith the Lord/But who may abide
5. And He shall purify
6. Behold, a virgin shall conceive/O thou that tellest
7. For behold, darkness/The people that walked
8. For unto us a Child is born
9. Pifa/There were shepherds/And lo, the angel of the Lord/And the angel said unto them/And suddenly there was with the angel/Glory to God
10. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
11. Then shall the eyes of the blind/He shall feed His flock/His yoke is easy
12. Behold the Lamb of God
13. He was despised
DISC TWO

1. Sure, He hath borne our grieves (sp)
2. And with His stripes we are healed
3. All we like sheep
4. All they that see him/He trusted in God
5. They rebuke hath broken His heart/Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
6. He was cut off out of the land/But Thou didst not leave
7. Lift up your heads
8. Unto which of the angels/The Lord gave the word/How beautiful are the feet
9. Their sound is gone out
10. Why do the nations so furiously
11. Let us break their bonds asunder
12. He that dwelleth in heaven/Thou shalt break them
13. Halleluja!
14. I know that my Redeemer liveth
15. Since by man came death
16. behold I tell you a mystery/The trumpet shall sound
17. Then shall be brought to pass/O death, where is thy sting?/But thanks be to God
18. If God be for us
19. Worthy is the Lamb/Amen

SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  One of the sloppiest Messiahs I've ever had the misfortune to hear, I'm not entirely sure how this particular recording was a.) produced, seeing as its the Oratorio Society of New York, recorded in Warsaw, Poland (?), and b.) why it's been reissued both in 1994 and 2009?  From it's credentials, you'd think that this was a pretty reliable group, right?  Not so fast.  The Oratorio Society of New York, circa 1990 sounds very shabby, more of a neighborhood Community Choir than anything else, and not a very good one at that.  The sound, for being a studio recording, is very muddy, and it doesn't sound as if any effort was made to correct mistakes of any kind - notes go flat, melismas are all over the place, vowels and consonants are similarly unfocused, and the soloists are definitely NOT world class, (and this despite their singing in a different continent!)  The whole effort smells of "quick and cheap" - and it leads me to suspect that this was a thrown-together project done on the fly.  Woodside's tempos are generally on the mark, but this recording has no right to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with professionally-produced and performed Messiahs.  Pass this one by.


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