Wow, Folks! Finally, at last, you can now order this WONDERFUL recording of Handel's MESSIAH in the Dublin Version of 1742, with John Butt leading the Dunedin Consort & Players.
It is the MOST SPECIAL recording of MESSIAH that I know of, and trust me, I've got dozens of recordings of the work! (I have been working on a listmania list of the work for a while, but have not "finished" it, but you're welcome to go there and check it out, this recording is mentioned as #1!)
This recording is a Hybrid SACD, so perhaps that has a lot to do with the sound, but I am not sure. What I DO KNOW is that I have NEVER been so pleased, fulfilled, "In Love With" or whatever, with Handel's Messiah, with all the many recordings that I own. Period.
Beginning right off with Nicholas Mulroy's beautiful, full, tenor in "Comfort Ye" you know that you are in for a special "performance" of this towering work. When the chorus comes in with "And the Glory of the Lord", the space just "opens up" and is filled with the most glorious-sounding choir you have ever heard. Matthew Brook's bass is deep, smooth, and rich...no-one has ever sounded better in this work. Susan Hamilton is a lovely, clear and creamy, soprano, and she projects cleanly above the musicians. Annie Gill and Clare Wilkinson trade off in the contralto roles, and they are just right...the parts that each has (chosen?) just seem to "fit" the expressive qualities of each of their voices. Linn Records have put their hearts into this recording, I am sure. I have never been so "overwhelmed" with a "small scale", "original instrument", "historically accurate" recording in all my years of exploring and listening.
This is a VERY special disc, and once you hear it, you will agree, I just know it! I am so very pleased that Amazon has finally gotten this recording listed here for sale so that now the general public can become acquainted with this great presentation of this towering work, and with more exposure, one can only hope that there will be more entrys into the catalogue of choral works/oratorios by Mr Butt, and the Dunedin Consort & Players.
Do not hesitate to purchase a copy of this marvelous recording...You will NEVER be sorry that you did! (As this is a new listing here on Amazon, there are not any "selections" yet that you can click on to listen to, but hopefully, there might be soon, then you can sample for yourself this truly Benchmark Recording. (One can only hope that Linn Records will continue producing great recordings like this one for our enjoyment).
Do Enjoy this Wonderful Recording of George Frideric Handel's MESSIAH herewith presented in the 1742 Dublin Version. ~operabruin
By the way, this is presented in a "fold-out" case, heavily varnished, that will stand up for a long while (not a jewel case). The disc holders inside are clear and there are beautiful details of the cover painting behind for your viewing pleasure, and a slip in for the informative insert, also varnished for durability, with informative notes on the performances of 1742. Also, the text of the work is set in an easy to read format and typeface....truly a "first class" presentation for this wonderful recording.