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Handel: Messiah / Sir Neville Marriner
Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Handel: Messiah / Sir Neville Marriner
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (28) - Disc #2


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Simply excellent
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Marriner and the Academy have turned out an A+ performance. The quality of the players, the chorus, and the soloists is unmatchable. The interpretations of the movements are also right on. The entire ensemble gels perfectly under the direction of one of the world's best and most recorded conductors. While classical reviewers have pinned the J. E. Gardiner recording as tops, I think they have overlooked this gem."
And He Shall Reign Forever and Ever, Amen.
Peter Ming | Indonesia | 12/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording ranks itself on the top of the greatest recordings of Handel's Messiah. Being a live recording, it surpasses every other studio recordings of this piece in terms of interpretation and drama. The soloists are superb, the chorus are crisp and vital, and the ensemble plays with great virtuoso. My special remark goes to Miss McNair, I simply cannot grow tired of her! Her lyrical voice is simply destined for this work, especially in aria no 16 `Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion' - rejoice indeed! It is to Marriner we should all be grateful for producing this remarkable recording in the first place. Known mainly for his stupendous recordings of Mozart, it is not surprising that he's able to interpret in a true Handelian way. It's a pity that he seldom records works by Handel - I don't know if he performs them unrecorded.
There are actually two versions of this live performance, the one here and the other is available on LaserDisc. I believe that they were recorded on two different performance time, for on some arias the soloists have different style in singing the cadenza. Whichever you prefer, this is a recording you must simply own - even when your music library boasts a dozen or so of Handel's Messiah!!"
Soaring, Moving, Breathtaking
W. F. Spencer | Dana Point, CA USA | 12/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This performance does for The Messiah what European cathedrals do for churches. The other reviewers are right: "unmatchable ... gem", "wildly entertaining", "treat", "perfect ... blend". But, for me, as when lost in the experience of those vast, ancient, rainbow-lit spaces hewn of massive rock, it is the soaring renditions that take me, entirely beyond earthly cares!At times it dances delicate as lace caressed by a breeze, resonates in the gut from one of Lloyd's recitatives, or simply leaves one lying breathless and exhausted after a gloriously wrenching chorus.What God has made through Handel, Sir Neville has made for us. This is not a performance, it is transportation...(Performed live in Dublin, in 1992, commemorating the 250th anniversary of its first performance.)"