A decent performance
Jose Molina | Quito, Ecuador, South America | 09/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When I was looking for a recording of Haendel's Messiah, this was the first one I bought. At first I loved it, but when I got the Boston Baroque Orchestra recording, I noticed the many flaws this one has. The only highlight: David Van Asch singing "But who may abide", based on the original version. Other recordings use a more recent version, more dramatical and written for a mezzosoprano, but it can't compare with the original for bass.
If you are a fan of baroque music in general, and specially Haendel, skip this one. You will be disappointed."
Don M. Hulbert | New York, NY United States | 12/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The playing and singing for this version of Handel's best known oratorio, "The Messiah", are quite stylish, rendered with a great deal of rhythmic vitality. The purity of the singing (both choral and solo) is quite stunning. The arioso/recitative "Comfort ye my People" is especially beautiful. All around, a very satisfying recording."