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Posted October 1, 2010
I have red several rave reviews of this basic work about this particular performance and I don`t understand what is so great about this recording. I just listened to the 2nd Cd (in my opinion, the most difficult part of the work to work out, for the performers, because in non-capable hands it can lead to boredom)and for me it was clear it is not a great one. Ok Ok Ok there is nothing really wrong here. That is why I put 3 stars and not 1. Here there are no excentricities (Listen to the Alleluya by Jacobs and you will find them right from the start. Lesson of the day: avoid a recording when a conductor wants to attrack attention on himself rather than the work). But ... the idea of boy singers to sing arias is wrong: never, never a boy can handle the phrasing and ornamentation an adult female can make. And I can`t stand "light" baritones in Messiah: the work needs a truly resonant basso (such as Tomlinson). Ornamentation in arias is not always present in 2nd Cd for ex trumpet shall sound (wrong !!!). And some tempi are plodding. The Alleluya is just right, nothing really new and vivid. In short, a correct, cheap Messiah. Recommended for short budgets and fans of collegiate choirs
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