RECORDINGS

LABEL: UNISON / WORD
CATALOG NUMBER: 20057
UPC NUMBER: 089841222222
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 36:52
YEAR RECORDED: 1997
CD RELEASE DATE: 2009
CONDUCTOR: DON WYRTZEN
ORCHESTRA: THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: STUDIO
SOPRANO: KRISTINE D. STROUPE
ALTO: TAMMY BOYER, ELLEN MUZIK
TENOR: BILL RILEY
BASS: N/A




AUDIO SAMPLES HIGHLIGHTS OTHER RELEASES
NONE NONE

DISC ONE

1. Sinfonia (Overture) 3:05
2. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted 3:41
3. And the glory of the Lord 3:01
4. And He Shall Purify 2:39
5. O thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion 5:28
6. For unto Us a Child Is Born 4:16
7. Pifa - "Pastoral Symphony" 3:04
8. And Suddenly There Was with the Angel 2:42
9. He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd 4:52
10. Hallelujah 4:04

SITE RATING:  0/10
SITE REVIEW:  Easily the most crass, inept Messiah I've ever heard, several copies of this 1997 studio production have been showing up on eBay and other second-hand sites, with little in the way of helpful information given. Sometimes going by the title "A Christmas Gift" this is the worst Christmas present you're likely to find under your tree.  I've dug around and discovered that this hack-job was produced by "inspirational author" Don Boyer, and featuring pre-recorded tracks by the London Symphony Orchestra (who ought to know better), and directed by Don Wyrtzen, a staff member at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  This is the kind of shoddy penny-pinching production that gives Christians a bad name.  The soloists all sound as if they're soft-rock artist wanna-be's, with wispy vocals and no apparent classical technique; the "choir" is a small group of recruited vocalists who sing indifferently - murdering the melismas, drowning in regional dialects, and marginally following the bouncing baton of Wyrtzen, while the LSO, unknowingly blemished by the entire affair, plays valiantly in the background.  A travesty.  Avoid, avoid at all costs.


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