More than half-a-century old now, this recording still hold its own against any other. There is something quite reverent about the performance, which is not to suggest that it is in any way stodgy or dull. Far from it.
The conductor, Colin Davis, was still in his thirties and he assembled a team of equally young soloists to bring his vision of this venerable work to a new audience. The two females, Heather Harper, soprano, and Helen Watts, contralto, are particularly outstanding in their contributions. To hear Watts sing 'He was despis'd' is almost a privilege. But John Wakefield and John Shirley-Quirk also bring great life to their performances.
For me, though, the essence of this great recording is Harper's rendition of 'I know that my redeemer liveth'. Sublime doesn't even begin to describe the beauty of her singing here.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.4 x 14.3 x 1.19 cm; 115.95 Grams
- Manufacturer : PHILIPS IMPORT
- Item Model Number : 028946470329
- Original Release Date : 2002
- SPARS Code : ADD
- Label : PHILIPS IMPORT
- ASIN : B000051YDC
- Number of discs : 1
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A groundbreaking recording of MessiahReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 August 2018
Inspiring musicReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2020
Excellent recording of an inspiring work.
SublimeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 October 2013
Wonderful version of a classic. Sublime opening and some glorious moments so sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy.
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Fine thoughtful classical modern instrument interpretationReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2008
This version of Messiah played on modern instruments strikes me as being similar in feeling to a well tailored classical blazer. It is refined, contained, and very pleasant. It has a rather large sound and very good soloists. The choral singing has moments of great beauty and the large sound of the orchestra manages to create moments of subtle delicacy. The soloists reach moments of great operatic drama and beauty with deep feeling within the context of an overall restrained reading. It is not the best Messiah recording ( I think the best are the period instrument performances of Christie on Harmonia Mundi, Hogwood on L'Oiseau-Lyre and Parrott on Virgin) but it is a very good interpretation on modern instruments with good to excellent soloists and many moments of deep feeling.
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However, when I received it, the double "jewel case" of the CD was broken. I will thus have to find another case - and because it is double, that won't be easy.