Air. Bass: 'The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light'. Larghetto
Chorus: 'For unto us a Child is born'. Andante allegro
Pastoral Symphony (Pifa). Larghetto -
Recitative. Soprano: ;There were shepherds abiding in the field'. [ ]
Accompagnato. Soprano: 'And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them'. Andante
Recitative. Soprano: 'And the angel said unto them'
Accompagnato. Soprano: 'And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude...'. Allegro
Chorus: 'Glory to God in the highest'. L'istesso tempo
Air. Soprano: 'Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion'. Allegro - Meno mosso - Tempo I - [ ] - Tempo I
Recitative. Mezzo-soprano: 'Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd'
Duet. Mezzo-soprano and Soprano: 'He shall feed His flock like a shepherd'. Larghetto -
Chorus: 'His yoke is easy'. Not too fast and with lots of bounce!
Total time: 52:44
COMPACT DISC TWO
Total time: 41:19
Chorus: 'Behold the Lamb of God'. Largo
Air. Mezzo-soprano: 'He was despised and rejected of men'. Largo
Chorus: 'Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows'. Largo e staccato -
Chorus: 'And with His stripes we are healed'. Alle breve moderato -
Chorus: 'All we like sheep have gone astray'. Allegro moderato - Adagio
Accompagnato. Tenor: 'All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn'. Larghetto -
Chorus: 'He trusted in God that He would deliver Him'. Allegro
Accompagnato. 'Tenor: 'Thy rebuke hath broken His Heart'. Largo
Arioso. Tenor: 'Behold, and see if there by any sorrow like unto His sorrow'. Largo e piano
Accompagnato. Tenor: 'He was cut off out of the land of the living'
Air. Tenor: 'But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell'. Andante larghetto
Chorus: 'Lift up your heads, O ye gates'. A tempo ordinario
Chorus: 'The Lord gave the word'. Andante allegro -
Air. Soprano: 'How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace'. Larghetto
Air. Bass: 'Who do the nations so furiously rage together'. Allegro -
Chorus: 'Let us break their bonds asunder'. Allegro e staccato
Recitative. Tenor: 'He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn' -
Air. Tenor: 'Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron'. Andante
Chorus: 'Hallelujah!'. Allegro
Total time: 20:09
Air. Soprano: 'I know that my Redeemer liveth'. Larghetto
Chorus: 'Since by man came death'. Grave - Allegro - Grave - Allegro
Accompagnato. Bass: 'Behold, I tell you a mystery'
Air. Bass: 'The trumpet shall sound'. Pomposo, ma non allegro
Chorus: 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain'. Largo - Larghetto - Allegro moderato
Total time: 61:14
Solo: Erin Wall soprano
Solo: Elizabeth DeShong mezzo-soprano
Solo: Andrew Staples tenor
Solo: John Relyea bass
Noel Edison, artistic director
Jonathan Crow, concert master
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Experience the transcendent glory of Messiah in Sir Andrew Davis’s new, majestic, must-hear edition of Handel’s beloved classic.
Recorded live for SACD release in surround sound, this unique version makes use of all the colours available from the modern symphony orchestra to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements. Without detracting from the innate power of the original, the conductor’s score calls for moments of drama, pathos, and even, sometimes, whimsicality. It is supported by substantial brass and woodwind forces, and several percussion instruments (including marimba!).
As he explains in a very personal booklet note, this leading British conductor brings immense dedication to what is probably the most famous piece of British sacred music ever composed, this version being one which he has conducted live only a few times, including on this recording. He confesses: ‘Everything I have done instrumentally stems from the enormous respect, even awe, which I feel towards this supreme masterpiece’.
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“...this is a musically satisfying account ... it fully justifies itself as a welcome addition to the extensive catalogue of recorded Messiahs... “ *****
Curtis Rogers – ClassicalSource.com – January 2017
“...Tenor Andrew Staples and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth De Shong are both superb, dramatically alert and technically fluent. John Relyea is compelling, too ... The orchestra ... do a terrific job realising Davis’s flights of fancy...”
Andrew Farach-Cotton – Gramophone magazine – January 2017
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Andrea Bedetti - Audiophile Sound magazine (Italy) - November/December 2016
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Performance **** Recording *****
“... a remarkable choral achievement.”
George Pratt – BBC Music magazine – January 2017
“... the performance (recorded live in Toronto last December) has an unfailingly lyrical flow and dramatic immediacy that communicates nothing but pure love, faith and joy – the genuine Handelian spirit... “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” and “All We Like Sheep” are highlights, sung by the superb 150-strong Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with a fugal exhilaration that doesn’t preclude exemplary diction and precision. They are the stars of the show, but all four soloists are excellent too... this is a performance of Messiah that deserves to rank in the catalogue with the very finest.” *****
Rupert Christiansen – Daily Telegraph – 10 December 2016
“... The Toronto Symphony Orchestra plays with terrific spirit, especially the brass, and there are four excellent soloists including Britain’s Andrew Staples ...” ****
Richard Morrison – The Times – 2 December 2016
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