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Handel: Messiah / Davis, Gritton, Mingardo, Padmore, Et Al


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 607   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alastair MilesSusan GrittonMark PadmoreSara Mingardo
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraTenebrae
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

"Sir Colin Davis’s soloists are all good. The soprano, Susan Gritton, is a light-toned charmer. A genuine alto, Sara Mingardo has an emotionally affecting tone and her English is only mildly accented. Mark Padmore’s clean and direct tenor offers singing that is musically and textually expressive. The stentorian tones of Alastair Miles are impressive and his runs impeccable.

The Tenebrae Choir, with its thirty-odd voices, proves near ideal for a performance on this sort of scale, and their sheer neatness is a delight. And whatever the lack of period sensitivities among the LSO, there’s no denying that this is high-quality
Read more playing, even if the music’s character registers more strongly with period forces. One or two tempos may be on the slow side, but generally Davis motivates Handel’s music with dynamism. The sound is airy, clear and well balanced, marred only by the odd suggestion of Davis himself singing along."

-- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

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Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alastair Miles (Bass), Susan Gritton (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tenebrae
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

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