- Audio CD (Oct. 12 2004)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B0002VYDYQ
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Handel: Messiah Original recording remastered
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|1. No. 1 Sinfonia (Overture)|
|2. No. 2 Recitative (Tenor): Comfort Ye My People|
|3. No. 3 Air (Tenor): Every Valley Shall Be Exhalted|
|4. No. 4 Chorus: And The Glory Of The Lord|
|5. No. 5 Recitative (Bass): Thus Saith The Lord|
|6. No. 6 Air (Alto): But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming?|
|7. No. 7 Chorus: And He Shall Purify|
|8. No. 8 Recitative (Alto): Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive|
|9. No. 9 Air (Alto) And Chorus: O Thou That Tellest GoodTidings To Zion|
|10. No. 10 Recitative (Bass): For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth|
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|1. No. 24 Chorus: Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs|
|2. No. 25 Chorus: And With His Stripes We Are Healed|
|3. No. 26 Chorus: All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray|
|4. No. 27 Recitative (Tenor): All They That See Him Laugh Him To Scorn|
|5. No. 28 Chorus: He Trusted In God|
|6. No. 29 Recitative (Tenor): Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart|
|7. No. 30 Air (Tenor): Behold, And See If There Be Any Sorrow|
|8. No. 31 Recitative (Soprano): He Was Cut Off Out Of The Land Of The Living|
|9. No. 32 Air (Soprano): But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell|
|10. No. 33 Chorus: Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates|
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6 Stars!!! My favorite Messiah recording
on January 4, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I fell in love with this recording when I was in college (decades ago), and literally played the album to death. I was very sad when I finally had to discard my LPs and was left with only a very poor cassette tape of it. I used to have regular conversations in my head with imaginary record executives, begging them to re-release this album on CD. Apparently, someone managed to have that conversation in real life, and I owe them a debt of gratitiude. I prefer this version to any other Messiah I know, and I look forward to hearing its many magic moments again, without the snaps and crackles of my cassette. Many of the other reviewers praise the female voices, but I feel that the tenor is the best of the soloists. When he begins "Comfort Ye" as if the notes are flowing out of him directly from Handel himself, it is one of those rare, magic moments of recorded music. I wish I could give this 6 stars b/c that's how much I love this recording, and I will treasure it for many decades to come!
3 people found this helpful.
Just lean back and enjoy the sound of musical genius
on June 22, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this recording so much as child, I memorized it! Not only did it affect me emotionally but it brought insights into choral technique, performance standards, diction, inner pulsation (Shaw terminology), and pure love of good music performed well. The brightness, clarity, and emotion of this performance captivated me as child and maintains it's hold on me 50yrs later. Perhaps not the most stylistically correct interpretation of the Messiah but it is one of the best and most exciting. It's amazing how well it holds up...how I miss Mr. Shaw!
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on November 22, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
I've had a cheap CD of Messiah "highlights" for years now, but I wanted a full version. I am no musical expert, and there are a lot to choose from. So I opened several browser tabs and listened to sample selections from several versions, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the London Philharmonic. But this one really beat them all. I'm sure that has to do with the skill of Robert Shaw in selecting just the right musicians to be a prt of the production. I love Shaw's choral Christmas albums, and this one fits right next to those as a vocal masterpiece. It's sublime.
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Best production of the Messiah ever heard.
on June 4, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Have the records of the original recording by the Robert Shaw Chorale. Studied under his direction when a teenager at MeadowBrook School of Music in Rocherster Michigan in 65 (summer). Fantastic director, so so knowledgeable. My records have worn out played them so much so glad this came out, not quite the quality as the original records, but the best production I have ever heard. A lot of the choruses are so light, almost like sound bouncing off the walls especially His Yoke is Easy and His Burthen is Light. Also love the contralto soloist, she was a voice instructor at the Meadowbrook School as well as soloist for the Adult Choir.
19 people found this helpful.
One of the most moving experiences
on October 7, 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
I remember listening to this recording as a child, from my father's collection in the 1960s. The LP set has been long lost, and I've spent 40 or so years looking for a satisfactory recording of the Messiah, to no avail. The only thing I remembered about this one was Shaw, and to my surprise I discovered it recently while searching on Amazon. This recording is a revelation and a beauty to behold. There is a purity and cleanliness, combined with fervor and urgency, that makes it a rare experience. The spare instrumentation is unforgiving, and intonation among the strings is sometimes wobbly, but this is a relief after the digitalized (fake) perfection of more modern recordings. The heaviness and miscasting of famous opera singers in the solo parts of other recordings of the Messiah have been unfortunate. In the Shaw recording, the orchestra and chorus are "right-sized" to the music and text. Most of all, the soloists live up to the music and the text. The contralto Florence Kopleff is especially moving, with minimal mannerisms and perfect diction; her performance here must be among the best in the classical repertoire, which makes it strange that she has left so few recordings. Listen to her "He was despised...." Soprano Judith Raskin's singing has an urgency and a wonder about it. Thomas Paul (bass) is equally moving in the substantial solos, as is Richard Lewis (tenor). With this recording of the Messiah, I feel like I've returned home.
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