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George Frideric Handel: Messiah - Highlights
     

George Frideric Handel: Messiah - Highlights

by Mack Wilberg
 
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has long been associated with traditional performances of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," which are characterized by massive choral and orchestral forces and weighty interpretations of this popular oratorio. However, while there are no drastic stylistic revisions in the choir's 2016 release of "Messiah," and it is decidedly not a period

Overview

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has long been associated with traditional performances of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," which are characterized by massive choral and orchestral forces and weighty interpretations of this popular oratorio. However, while there are no drastic stylistic revisions in the choir's 2016 release of "Messiah," and it is decidedly not a period re-creation, some aspects of historically informed practice have influenced this reading by Mack Wilberg, particularly in the use of a harpsichord continuo, fairly brisk tempos, clearly articulated choral parts, and a relatively light ensemble sound. Featuring the voices of soprano Sonya Yoncheva, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Rolando Villazón, and bass Bryn Terfel, this performance also has the "star quality" that Handel encouraged in his recruitment of international singers. Still, even with the increased awareness of authentic Baroque practices and Handel's varied performance history, this "Messiah" retains much of the standard conventions: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is still a huge choir, and in such powerful numbers as "For Unto Us a Child is Born" and "Hallelujah," the orchestration is reinforced with woodwind and brass doublings to sufficiently balance the voices. Additionally, the highly resonant acoustics of the Temple give the choir and orchestra a "bigger than life" ambience that obscures any attempt at a streamlined effect. Purists will pass this highlights album by, but fans of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may welcome the subtle changes.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2016
Label:
Mormon Tabernacle
UPC:
0783027030327
catalogNumber:
5147220
Rank:
27462

Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part III: Chorus: Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slai
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part III: Aria: The Trumpet Shall Sound
  3. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part III: Aria: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part II: Chorus: Hallelujah
  5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part II: Chorus: All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astra
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part II: Chorus: And with His Stripes We Are Heale
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part II: Chorus: Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs
  8. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part I: Aria: He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Sheph
  9. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part I: Chorus: For unto Us a Child Is Born
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part I: Aria & Chorus: O Thou That Tellest Good Ti
  11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part I: Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord
  12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part I: Aria: Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part I: Recitative: Comfort Ye My People
  14. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part I: Sinfonia: Overture

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