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Handel: Messiah
George Frederick Handel, Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra
Handel: Messiah
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
  •  Track Listings (19) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #2


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Sutherland sings like an angel!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With ravishing bell-like tones, you can almost see a halo on top of Joan Sutheland's head. What passion, what a gorgeous sound she makes! Just sends chills up and down one's spine. The recording is wonderful, the choir brilliant, and the supporting cast is excellent. But Sutherland is the vocal miracle!"
Not a poor recording!
Laura Hedden | State College, PA United States | 10/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a cellist with 13 years of experience and a professional musicologist, I am disappointed at the mixed reviews this recording has received. I have heard many different recordings of this piece (and played it many times), and I must say that this one is one of the best I have heard. An especially good feature of this recording is the orchestral playing. The orchestra is very sensitive in their accompaniment of the soloists. Also, the ornamentation in the vocal parts (Every Valley, Rejoice Greatly) does not seem to me to be excessive, and falls well within the norm of what would be expected in a typical Baroque performance. Don't be discouraged from buying this one!"
Laura Hedden | 05/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just the singing of "How beautiful are the feet" by Dame Joan is worth the price of this cd. It is the most beautifully sung aria, or song I've ever heard. The voice sounds innocently sweet, clear as a bell and silvery. She adds perfect trills.
I've listen to this piece close to a hundred times and adore it. The rest of the arias by Sutherland are also spectacular. The recorded sounds is church like, and Christmas like. And the conducting and orchestra and chorus are wonderful."