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Messiah Arias and Choruses [Original recording remastered]

George Frideric Handel , Adrian Boult , London Symphony , Joan Sutherland , Grace Bumbry , Kenneth McKellar , David Ward , George Malcolm , Ralph Downes , Alan Stringer Audio CD
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listen  1. Messiah/Part 1 - 1. Accompagnato: Comfort Ye, My PeopleKenneth McKellar 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Messiah/Part 1 - 2. Air: Ev'ry Valley Shall Be ExaltedKenneth McKellar 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Messiah/Part 1 - 3. Chorus: And The Glory Of The LordLondon Symphony Chorus 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Messiah/Part 1 - 7. Recit: Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive 8. Aria:O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion 9. CoroGrace Bumbry 7:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Messiah/Part 1 - 12. Chorus: ''For Unto Us A Child Is Born''London Symphony Chorus 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Messiah - Complete Version With Original Instrumentation.Ed.Julian Herbage - Part 1 - And Suddenly There Was...Glory To God In The HighestDame Joan Sutherland 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Messiah/Part 1 - 16. Air: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of ZionDame Joan Sutherland 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Messiah/Part 2 - 38. Air: Why Do The NationsDavid Ward 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Messiah/Part 2 - 39. Chorus: Let Us Break Their Bonds AsunderLondon Symphony Chorus 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Messiah/Part 2 - 42. Chorus: ''Hallelujah''London Symphony Chorus 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Messiah/Part 3 - 43. Air: I Know That My Redeemer LivethDame Joan Sutherland 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Messiah/Part 3 - Behold, I Tell You......The Trumpet Shall SoundDavid Ward 9:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Messiah/Part 3 - 51. Chorus: Worthy Is The Lamb... AmenLondon Symphony Chorus 9:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Joan Sutherland, Grace Bumbry, Kenneth McKellar, David Ward, George Malcolm, et al.
  • Orchestra: London Symphony
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Eloquence/Decca
  • ASIN: B00004Z1BB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A signature Christmas album (at least for me) December 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember this playing in the background in the house back when I was a kid. It defined Christmas for me. I've heard several versions of "The Messiah" but this one, from the London Symphony Orchestra, is the most full and robust. There seems to be no rival, in my opinion. I highly recommend this for new families. Whether you're religious or not and celebrate Christmas/the year-end holidays as a religious event or a simple but important time for a family get-together, either the lyrics and/or the sound of the music will stay with you for many Christmases to come. The stand out song is Hallelujah. Though, I'm not a complete aficionado of classical music (especially of the religious kind), this must be one of Sir Adrian Boult's finest. But I'm speaking from the LP and tape versions. I can only imagine the sound from the CD version. I highly recommend this recording.

UPDATE: Yup, this is the tape I remember. Down to the quality. I dunno about anybody else, but that's part of the charm for me. It reminds me of the tape and that reminds me of Christmases past. I love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highlights from stately classic version of Messiah December 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This recording by Sir Adrian Boult and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus dates from the early 1960s, and seems now very much an old-school rendering of Handel's beloved masterpiece. As such it still has its pleasures, among them the skilled singing of the chorus and two major stars, Joan Sutherland and Grace Bumbry, in their youthful primes. Though there are no "added accompaniments" of the kind that used to be routine and unwelcome additions to Handel's original, lean orchestration, modern connoisseurs of Baroque music may find the choruses, particularly the famous "Hallelujah," and final "Amen," altogether too leaden in pacing and glutinous in texture. In general the performance practice is restrained, with barely an ornamented da capo to be found, and even essential vocal appoggiaturas omitted. The selection of numbers on this highlights disc is not particularly satisfying; an apparent desire to give all soloists and chorus more or less equal time results in some jarring skips in continuity and unfathomable omissions, as well as equally strange inclusions. I would have opted for hearing the chorus "Lift up your heads, O ye gates" over a complete, nine-minute "Trumpet Shall Sound," for example, since there is not one ornament in the da capo and bass David Ward is taxed by the high tessitura. Nevertheless, the overall authority of Boult's interpretation makes this venerable Messiah still worth a listen, especially at this bargain price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE STATELY BOULT MESSIAH November 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Like many of the other reviewers here, this recording of Messiah has more of a nostalgic than musicological appeal. The three-LP London set was a family Christmas gift, and was literally played to death on the living room hi-fi. Since that time I have graduated to other performances of Messiah that are of a less ponderous sort than Sir Adrian's second recording (the first in stereo) here, using historicaly-informed instruments, tuning and practices. Still, if this performance of Messiah was encountered in live performance it would be most satisfying. Joan Sutherland's voice here was lighter (despite her trademark mushy diction) and at least she is granted some liberties with ornmanetation - she had to fight Boult to do them (she would rerecord it with husband Bonynge, and in my opinion, not as successfully). Then-mezzo Bumbry and bass Ward are sturdy soloists, and lyric tenor MacKellar is likeable. Boult's tempi are of the Beecham variety, so the entire performance is long. As of 2011, you can purchase the complete performance as an import: B00442M11G or B004WZ79ZS.

I don't rate this performance at the top, but it is a good alternate. Davis' classic first Phillips recording is still my favorite, followed by performances conducted by Somary (Vanguard), Leppard (Erato, complete recording now out of print but highlights available), Solti (Decca), Shaw (Telarc), Harnoncourt (Teldec), and the Mozart arrangement conducted by Mackerras (RCA out of print, but now available as an import).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Wonders May 10, 2011
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It took me a long time to find this CD. i was looking for Kenneth McKellar singing Handel, he sings Handel like no other - and at last I found him singing Handel with Joan Sutherland - magic!
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