Handel: Messiah

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fulfilling all expectations for a historically informed performance on original instruments, Tafelmusik's period re-creation of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" is among the finest on the market. Led by choral director Ivars Taurins, the award-winning Canadian ensemble is one of the most recognizable Baroque orchestras and chamber choirs in the world, and its excellent reputation is burnished by this 2011 performance, which radiates brillance and energy, along with an emotional depth that fully enhances the work's expression. The four vocal soloists are superb in their smooth tonal production and subtle phrasing, expert in the art of embellishment, and clear and easy...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fulfilling all expectations for a historically informed performance on original instruments, Tafelmusik's period re-creation of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" is among the finest on the market. Led by choral director Ivars Taurins, the award-winning Canadian ensemble is one of the most recognizable Baroque orchestras and chamber choirs in the world, and its excellent reputation is burnished by this 2011 performance, which radiates brillance and energy, along with an emotional depth that fully enhances the work's expression. The four vocal soloists are superb in their smooth tonal production and subtle phrasing, expert in the art of embellishment, and clear and easy to understand, despite the virtuosity of Handel's parts. Also outstanding in this regard is the choir, which is lean and limber, fully capable of handling the long streams of sixteenth notes while communicating every word. The orchestra is luminous in its string tone, and the crispness of the ensemble's playing brings across every rhythm and ornament with scintillating clarity. Even though this recording has been issued on two CDs, the reproduction is first-rate and quite as transparent and resonant as a super audio recording. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Tafelmusik Media
  • UPC: 880513101629
  • Catalog Number: 1016
  • Sales rank: 85,411

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56 - George Frideric Handel & Robin Blaze (141:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    This recording is "flawless". Yes, there's no such thi

    This recording is "flawless". Yes, there's no such thing as a single "definitive" edition of the Messiah, but this comes close. What I appreciate most is the purity of the voices, both chorus and soloists. Rufus Müller as tenor sings beautifully purely; Robin Blaze is the single best counter-tenor I've heard; Brett Polegato sings the single clearest version of "Thus saith the Lord of Hosts" I've heard. There is no excessive vibrato obscuring the music.

    Other recordings may be good to own as well. Rene Jacobs comes to mind; his is great as well, if a bit "quirky". However, it is excellent more as an addition to a collection. Similarly with the Higginbottom recording with an all-male cast, and Marriner's with modern instruments. Taurins, however, is (in my opinion) the single best "default" recording to own: it contains fewer idiosyncrasies while still being a beautiful and musical interpretation.

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