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|George Frederick Handel, Peter Marschik, Charles Humphries|
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
No Description Available. Genre: Christmas Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 31-OCT-2002
No Description Available.
Genre: Christmas Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 31-OCT-2002
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Great price, slow, occasionally sloppy performance...
The Music Man | United States | 07/24/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This performance of Messiah, conducted by Peter Marschik and performed by the choir and soloists of the Vienna Boys Choir, was originally released on the Cappricio label, and has since been licensed by Laserlight and other budget labels at significantly reduced prices. I purchased the Laserlight edition while exploring several different Messiahs. This recording has a couple of plusses, especially in the expressive soloists: the fiery tenor Ivan Sharpe does a magnificent job with "Comfort Ye My People" and "Every Valley Shall Be Exalted" and the boy soprano Max Emmanuel Cencic is glorious on "There Were Shepherds Abiding" while Countertenor Charles Humphries is also fine, if not absolutely proficient, on his solos. This performance is definitely worth hearing for the soloists.
The troubles I have with this particular Messiah are the unaccountably slow tempos set on some of the choruses: "And He Shall Purify" and "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" seem unnecessarily languid, stripping them of any sense of joy or rejoicing, and paling in comparison to other Messiahs. The other big problem with this recording is the Vienna Boys' Choir, which is surprisingly ragged and disunified on most of their choruses. There is little precision or style in their singing, which leads me to believe this recording was put together with little rehearsal. There are a couple of moments as well where the choir goes noticeably out of tune. Not a first choice for a Messiah, but worth hearing for the tender, expressive soloists."