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Sir Neville Marriner conducts this 250th Anniversary performance. Soloists include Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie Van Otter. The performance is supported by an informative background film "For Ever and Ever", explaining the circumstances behind the compositi

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  • Actors: Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Jerry Hadley, Robert Lloyd
  • Directors: Neville Marriner, Barrie Gavin
  • Format: Color, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: Unknown (DTS 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Philips
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AKGUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is the best performance of Handel's Messiah I've ever listen and seen.
Joel Ramirez Chanona
The viewing is good for all the soloists and good close-ups are included of the orchestra and chorus.
George Peabody
It is wonderful, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it over and over again.
DudleySankey

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127 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sherman on June 12, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
A major problem with Amazon's listing of classical videos is that they don't tell you who the performers are. This makes a rational buying decision impossible. You can't even get a large image of the box to tell who it is. So I'm writing this review as a public service since I can recognize the box (similar to the CD) as being the second Marriner recording. It has
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo
Michael Chance, countertenor
Jerry Hadley, tenor
Robert Lloyd, bass.
St. Martin in the Fields Orch and Chorus.
Musically, this is a better performance than most. von Otter is particularly fine in "He was Despised", and trumpeter Mark Bennett does the best Messiah trumpeting ever recorded, bar none. Many of the choruses are well done, and Chance is good if you like countertenors. Hadley is out of his element. Lloyd and McNair are mid-pack.
Can't comment on the video direction since I haven't seen the video yet. But based on the CD I will get it.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on May 20, 2006
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IN HIS MESSIAH HANDEL COMBINES THE SHEER GRANDUER AND POWER OF HIS GERMANIC ROOTS WITH THE COLOR OF HIS ITALIAN EXPERIENCE, JOINING THIS WITH THE UNIQUE FLAVOR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. His music can be powerful, like the tenor arioso 'Thou shalt break them...', or it can be colorful and skippy like the wonderful 'For Unto us a Child is born'. Or it can be stirring and majestic like the 'Hallelujah' and 'Amen' choruses.

This famous 1992 performance of Handel's great masterpiece was filmed at the Point Theatre, Dublin on the 250th anniversary of the work's premiere, which took place in Dublin on April 13, 1712.

The English passion for oratorio is largely due to Handel. Every year from 1738 to 1751, he produced at least one. "The Messiah" is THE MODERN ORATORIO,not only because the custom of rising and stretching in the seventh inning when the "Hallelujah Chorus" is sung, but because its magnificent choruses, soaring arias and orchestral accompaniment are truly thrilling. Handel's oratorios,more dramatic than any previously written, were like operas, save that they were given without scenery and costumes.

This entire production is quite excellent as one would expect from Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy and Chorus of St.Martin in the Fields. But what made this performance better then many I have heard was Marriner's choice of soloists. Michael Chance was absolutely superb in his presentation with his usual rich tone quality and excellent diction that is characteristic of all his work. McNair and von Otter were outstanding in every way as per usual. Jerry Hadley handled everything reasonably well, but he was somewhat out of his league in this genre.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs on February 18, 2008
Format: DVD
Nev Marriner and the ASMF can usually be relied upon to produce a sparkling performance, and they and the ASMF Chorus do, in this Dublin performance to celebrate the first performance (in a long-disppeared venue in Fishamble Street). In particular, Mark Bennett, the trumpeter, playing a modern piccolo trumpet, produces the best trumpet part in "The trumpet shall sound" that I've ever heard, naturally far better than Valentine Snow could have played it with his natural trumpet.

So what's the problem? The tenor and bass soloists, that's what. Both are major disappointments. Especially with note runs of the "And I will sha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-(etc.)-ke". The notes are not clearly enunciated and just plain tuneless. It spoiled the whole thing for me.

For a really top DVD version of "Messiah", seek out the ABC (as in Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Shop, which is selling a an absolute knockout Downunder version as a CD/DVD package. I expected a Region 4 DVD (I have a code-free player), but the DVD appears code-free. The bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes is especially good (there are clips on YouTube).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 28, 2006
Format: DVD
Sir Neville and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra and Choir put forth a fine performance celebrating 250 years of the Messiah.

The orchestra plays with passion and pace is great throughout.

Soloists are most adequate, but highlighted for this reviewer by exceptional efforts by Soprano McNair and Tenor Hadley.

The extra feature of professor discussing various historical issues regarding Handel and Messiah is nice addition to have.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joel Ramirez Chanona on June 19, 2007
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This is the best performance of Handel's Messiah I've ever listen and seen. Part of the excellent performance is due to the coordination of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chorus and orchestra, they know very well each other.Soloist are good, specially Mr. Loyd the bass. Takes of the cameras are well done and selectively , alternating the orchestra, solosit and chorus at the just precise moment.I strongly recommend you to buy it. It is a must to have in your collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Cassel on January 21, 2009
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Marriner has, in my opinion, one of the best takes on Handel's Messiah. Professional performers and aggressive speed are just what the oratorio needs to show of its pure genius. The soloists are all impressive, and the DVD boasts a DTS soundtrack. So this is an excellent choice for any Messiah enthusiast.

PROS
lively and professional performance
good soloists
DTS soundtrack

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