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Handel: Messiah

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Manufacturer: Archiv
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Product Description:
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0028942363021
Feature: Classical music CD
Format: CD
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Archiv
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Archiv
MPN: 028942363021
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: 1990-10-25
Publisher: Archiv
Release Date: 1988-10-10
Studio: Archiv
Product Features:
Classical music CD
+Classical+Music
Classical
Editorial Review:
Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert and Choir - Handel: Messiah, Disc EX, Case EX, Format: Music CD, Archiv Records. Classical music CD release from Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert and Choir with the album Handel: Messiah. Released on the label Archiv Records. Classical music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed. This is a two CD set.
Trevor Pinnock meets with mixed success in this account of the Messiah with the English Concert & Choir and soloists Arleen Auger, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Howard Crook, and John Tomlinson, recorded and released in 1988. Its strengths are the strengths of the early-music movement in general. The size and distribution of the instrumental and vocal forces are optimal, which means that textures are clear and balances apt. Rhythms are nicely pointed, though often, in Pinnock's case, not quite well enough sprung. Tempos are well chosen; for example, "All we like sheep"--which turns out to be one of the set's best numbers--is a real bourré, and Pinnock animates it in just the right way. But the performance often seems workmanlike and unemotional, weighed down in too many instances by the humdrum work of the chorus. The alto section in particular, which is half male and half female, sings timidly and is constantly swallowing its entrances. Bass soloist John Tomlinson is a further drag on the effort. He has the right idea--that there's an Italian opera hiding behind all this biblical imagery--but his cottony sound is out of place, a misguided attempt to mimic Nicolai Ghiaurov. His usable range is less than a tenth (he croaks the low G's and F-sharps), and his diction is horrible. "Thus spake the Lord" is strangled, and when, in "The trumpet shall sound" Tomlinson gets to the words "we shall be changed," one can't help wishing that he had been changed too, right before the sessions started. --Ted Libbey
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