Handel: Messiah


Handel: Messiah by Archiv at Your Free Album. MPN: 028942363021. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert and Choir - Handel: Messiah, Disc EX, Case EX, Format: Music CD, Archiv Records. Classical music CD release from Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert and Choir with the album Handel: Messiah. Released on the label Archiv Records. Classical music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed. This is a two CD set. Trevor Pinnock meets with mixed success in this account of the Messiah with the English Concert & Choir and soloists Arleen Auger, Anne


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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert and Choir - Handel: Messiah, Disc EX, Case EX, Format: Music CD, Archiv Records. Classical music CD release from Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert and Choir with the album Handel: Messiah. Released on the label Archiv Records. Classical music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed. This is a two CD set. Trevor Pinnock meets with mixed success in this account of the Messiah with the English Concert & Choir and soloists Arleen Auger, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Howard Crook, and John Tomlinson, recorded and released in 1988. Its strengths are the strengths of the early-music movement in general. The size and distribution of the instrumental and vocal forces are optimal, which means that textures are clear and balances apt. Rhythms are nicely pointed, though often, in Pinnock's case, not quite well enough sprung. Tempos are well chosen; for example, "All we like sheep"--which turns out to be one of the set's best numbers--is a real bourré, and Pinnock animates it in just the right way. But the performance often seems workmanlike and unemotional, weighed down in too many instances by the humdrum work of the chorus. The alto section in particular, which is half male and half female, sings timidly and is constantly swallowing its entrances. Bass soloist John Tomlinson is a further drag on the effort. He has the right idea--that there's an Italian opera hiding behind all this biblical imagery--but his cottony sound is out of place, a misguided attempt to mimic Nicolai Ghiaurov. His usable range is less than a tenth (he croaks the low G's and F-sharps), and his diction is horrible. "Thus spake the Lord" is strangled, and when, in "The trumpet shall sound" Tomlinson gets to the words "we shall be changed," one can't help wishing that he had been changed too, right before the sessions started. --Ted Libbey

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  • Classical music CD
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Additional Information

Manufacturer:
Archiv
Category:
Oratorios
MPN:
028942363021
Release Date:
1988-10-10
UPC:
042242363024
EAN:
0028942363021
Genre:
Holiday
Publisher:
Archiv
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Creator:
Array
Format:
CD
Publication Date:
1990-10-25
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.28 pounds
Item Size:
5.59 x 0.47 x 4.88 inches
Package Weight:
0.4 pounds
Package Size:
4.9 x 1 x 5.6 inches

 


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