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Sir Thomas Beecham Conducts Handel's Messiah

Release Date: 07/14/1992 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 61266   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Monica SinclairJon VickersGiorgio TozziJennifer Vyvyan
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 40 Mins. 

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A bonus disc with special appendix is included.
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Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Monica Sinclair (Alto), Jon Vickers (Tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (Baritone),
Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Language: English 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 A five star for the time it was recorded September 27, 2013 By Bernard A J. (Kansas City, MO) See All My Reviews "This was a magnificent recording back in 1959, and it had been a long time since I had heard it. When I heard the Charles Mackerras "Messiah" circa 1965 and Sir Colin Davis immediately following, I was hooked on the down sized "Messiah." Then came the period instruments and made it an even better piece of music. When Arkiv came along with this recording at a very attractive price, I wanted to hear this performance again and see what I grew up on - the big and overblown "Messiah." So it is still a knockout performance and worthy of five stars if I was rating it in 1959. I have moved it down to three stars only because I think the current recordings are so much better and historically correct. It was worth the excellent price though to have the recording again and hear it. It was beautiful, and I shall come back to it often for the gorgeous, lush old fashioned "Messiah."" Report Abuse
 The Recording that Will Move You! December 11, 2012 By Kenneth Harms (Yorba Linda, CA) See All My Reviews "OK, we all have several renditions and have heard a hundred others. Small orchestra in the original Irish tradition or huge orchestra with a choir of thousands -- all sorts of Messiahs abound. For me, after all these years, this is the performance that is the "true" Messiah -- and I know that it's much different from Handel's version, and all others are merely interesting variations. Amazing power and incredible sound. The soloists are unforced, "natural" as it is possible to sound singing operatically. Beecham gets unbelievable power, color and dynamics from the orchestra. He also gets speed -- this runs without a breath in a bit over 2 hours -- about half the time it took when recordings began (and how knows how long Handel took?). Get it, sit in front of the speakers, phone off, door locked, kids gone, volume up to where the chair shakes and stand to join the Hallelujah chorus at the top of your voice! Sir Thomas won't mind." Report Abuse
 Most Powerful Messiah Recording! November 29, 2011 By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "In my opinion, this is a strong contender for the greatest recording of the Messiah! It is in no way "authentic" (it was completely re-orchestrated by Eugene Goossens, adding many instruments not even invented in Handel's time). But what it lacks in historicity, it more than makes up for in sheer power, excitement and visceral impact. The soloists' interpretations are operatic, in the best sense of the word. The choir is overwhelming, and the augmented orchestra plays and is conducted with unflagging vigor and freshness. If Handel could hear this, I think he would be doing whatever is the opposite of rolling over in his grave!" Report Abuse
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