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Handel - Messiah / Rodgers, D. Jones, Robson, Langridge, Terfel, Hickox
Collegium Musicum 90, Joan Rodgers, Richard Hickox
Handel - Messiah / Rodgers, D. Jones, Robson, Langridge, Terfel, Hickox
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
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  •  Track Listings (27) - Disc #2

Something's wrong with any English group of professional singers and instrumentalists that can't work themselves up to a sensitive and idiomatic performance of Handel's Messiah, and this group certainly doesn't disappoint....  more »

     
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Something's wrong with any English group of professional singers and instrumentalists that can't work themselves up to a sensitive and idiomatic performance of Handel's Messiah, and this group certainly doesn't disappoint. However, I do think that there are performances with more personality--more of a sense of the music's grandeur (Trevor Pinnock on Archiv) or intimacy (The Sixteen on Hyperion). Mind you, there's nothing at all wrong here, and if you do opt for this team, you won't be disappointed. --David Hurwitz
 

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A clear delight.
M. Taylor | Coupeville, WA United States | 01/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording of the Messiah has become my favorite. I was raised on the common full-orchestra/large chorus versions, and later in my life came to prefer the 1743 "early" versions. I find the clean orchestration much more pleasant. Up until now, I've enjoyed the Marriner production. However, I find the Hickox version to have a crisper orchestral sound. My own training and experience is as a vocalist, and the chorus in the Hickox production is sublime. Every consonant of each singer is pronounced identically and at the same time, producing a clarity rarely heard in choruses. There is space between the words, so you can actually understand them! The soloists are great - Rodgers' soprano clear but light, Landgridge's tenor very enjoyable, and Terfel great as usual. There are a number of places where Hickox uses changes in dynamics not often heard, to add interest and emotion. But I think my favorite move of his is that he slows down somewhat for a legato "Amen." So many conductors run through that so fast, as if they can't wait for the darned thing to be over. Hickox takes it with majesty and treats it as a beautiful, reverent ending to one of the world's greatest, enduring musical masterpieces. If you're a fan of choirs with really good technique, this is for you."
Great tape
Just Jan | Springtown, TX USA | 06/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The product arrived quickly and was in excellent condition. This recording of the Messiah is the best I have run across. The singing is superb and it is very easy to understand the words."