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Musica Sacra - Handel: Messiah / Cleobury

Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93948   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alastair MilesLynne DawsonHilary SummersJohn Mark Ainsley
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg ConsortCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Messiah, recorded live at Pieterskerk, Leiden in 1993, is one of three versions in the Cleobury/King’s College catalog, and it’s undoubtedly the best, in spite of the very occasional audience noise. The sound is actually very good, better than most studio-controlled efforts, and the choral singing is terrific—the legatos gorgeously flowing, the articulation in all those quick-running melismas clean and crisp without affected accenting, the overall tone quality vibrant and perfectly tuned. Likewise for the orchestra, one of the better baroque bands around back then. Cleobury's tempos are expertly judged, balances between chorus and orchestra allow everything to be heard. The soloists also make a well-matched quartet, excellent Handel Read more singers all. John Mark Ainsley delivers one of the most solid, compelling “Ev’ry valleys” ever. Even if, as I do, you have a number of “favorite” Messiahs in your collection, once you hear this, you’ll be making a space for it next to those.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com [4/2011]
reviewing this recording reissued as House of Classics 220304
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Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alastair Miles (Bass), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Hilary Summers (Alto),
John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  St. Peter's Church, Leiden, Netherlands 
Length: 134 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 

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 Don't understand December 29, 2015 By Morris Reagan (Madison, MS) See All My Reviews "This performance has been issued on CD more than once. It richly deserves its place on the recommended list. Oddly, another issue of this very same performance is not on the recommended list. Possibly this has something to do with the engineering or mixing of the performance but now with the quality of the performance itself." Report Abuse
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