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Handel: Messiah / Mackerras, Harwood, Baker

Release Date: 10/03/2000 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 69449   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerRaimund HerincxElizabeth HarwoodPaul Esswood,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraAmbrosian Singers
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was this set which, in company with one from Sir Colin Davis issued by Philips a few weeks earlier, inaugurated the era of 'progressive' Messiah recordings. They had of course been foreshadowed—by Sir Adrian Boult, notably, and by the work of such editors as John Tobin and Watkins Shaw. But this was one of the first to use a chamber orchestra, lively tempos and ornamentation: and between them Davis and Mackerras made us listen afresh to a work whose performance traditions had threatened to become hidebound... The forces aren't 'authentic', but rather larger, and women's voices are used in the chorus. It is however an excellent chorus, well disciplined and clean. The solo singing is of a high order. Dame Janet Baker is in superlative Read more voice... There is much charm in Elizabeth Harwood's soprano solos, as always, and Paul Esswood is at his superb best in ''But who may abide''. Robert Tear sings the tenor music clearly and tastefully and Raimund Herincx makes a sturdy bass soloist... If you want a Messiah that discards the old, solemn, heavyweight traditions, yet does not go as far as using period instruments, this one is unlikely to disappoint you.

-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [12/1989]
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Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Raimund Herincx (Bass), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano),
Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 155 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 

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 The One and Only Messiah ! February 10, 2012 By B. Weld (Vennesla, Norway) See All My Reviews "This is the best Messiah ever. Strong words, but I do not know of any other untill this day that even comes close to the wonderfull performance from Mackerras / EMI." Report Abuse
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