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Handel: Messiah
George Frederick Handel, Johannes Somary, Colin Tilney
Handel: Messiah
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 

     
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All Artists: George Frederick Handel, Johannes Somary, Colin Tilney, English Chamber Orchestra, Margaret Price, Alexander Young
Title: Handel: Messiah
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Label: Artemis Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 8/22/2006
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Holiday & Wedding, Opera & Classical Vocal, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 699675196929

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AN ENJOYABLE PERFORMANCE OF MESSIAH
Operaman! | Chicago, IL United States | 10/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There isn't much that can be added about Handel's Messiah on record. I've lost count of the number of recordings available, ranging from historically-accurate performances with reduced forces on historic instruments and in baroque tuning, all the way to overblown symphonic arrangements with 200-voice choirs and tympani and cymbals crashing during the Hallelujia chorus!

Somary's recording was released on LP in the 1970s and I always felt it filled a comfortable gap with a good sized chamber orchestra and chorus, excellent soloists with tasteful vocal ornamentation (for all of the soloists, not just for the soprano), a clean, clear acoustic, and the kind of dynamics and tempi that would be acceptable for both "period" music lovers and those wanting a more conventional performance. Now in its second CD reissue on Vanguard, I can wholly recommend it as a reasonable alternative to other Messiahs on CD, particularly to Colin Davis' classic Phillps recording. The original Vanguard LP was also produced in SQ Quadraphonic, and of course I wonder if Vangaurd would ever see fit to do an SACD version in the future. Until then, this performance is most enjoyable, and a bargain at that."