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Handel: Messiah / Acis and Galatea Import, Original recording reissued

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony
  2. Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People
  3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
  4. And the Glory of the Lord
  5. Thus Saith the Lord
  6. But Who May Abide
  7. And He Shall Purify
  8. Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive - O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
  9. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth
  10. The People That Walked in Darkness
  11. For Unto Us a Child Is Born
  12. Pifa
  13. There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field... And the Angel Said Unto Them... And Suddenly There Wa
  14. Glory to God in the Highest
  15. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
  16. Then Shall the Eyes... He Shall Feed His Flock
  17. His Yoke Is Easy

Disc: 2

  1. Behold the Lamb of God
  2. He Was Despised
  3. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs
  4. And with His Stripes
  5. All We Like Sheep
  6. All They That See Him... He Trusted in God
  7. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart
  8. Behold and See
  9. He Was Cut Off... But Thou Didst Not Leave
  10. Lift Up Your Heads
  11. Unto Which of the Angels... Let All the Angels of God
  12. Thou Art Gone Up on High
  13. The Lord Gave the Word
  14. How Beautiful Are the Feet
  15. Their Sound Is Gone Out
  16. Why Do the Nations
  17. Let Us Break Their Bonds
  18. He That Dwelleth in Heaven... Thou Shalt Break Them
  19. Hallelujah

Disc: 3

  1. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  2. Since By Man Came Death
  3. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery... the Trumpet Shall Sound
  4. Then Shall Be Brought to Pass... O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?... But Thanks Be to God
  5. If God Be for Us
  6. Worthy Is the Lamb... Amen
  7. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart... Behold and See
  8. Sinfonia
  9. Oh, the Pleasure of the Plains!
  10. Ye Verdant Plains
  11. Hush, Ye Pretty Warbling Quire
  12. Where Shall I Seek the Charming Fair?
  13. Stay, Shepherd, Stay!
  14. Shepherd, What Art Thou Pursuing?
  15. Lo! Here My Love!
  16. Love in Her Eyes Sits Playing
  17. Oh! Didst Thou Know the Pains
  18. As When the Dove Laments Her Love
  19. Happy We!

Disc: 4

  1. Wretched Lovers!
  2. I Rage - I Melt - I Burn!
  3. O Ruddier Than the Cherry
  4. Whither, Fairest, Art Thou Running
  5. Cease to Beauty to Be Suing
  6. Would You Gain the Tender Creature
  7. His Hideous Love Provokes My Rage
  8. Love Sounds Th'alarm
  9. Consider, Fond Shepherd
  10. Cease, Oh Cease, Thou Gentle Youth
  11. The Flocks Shall Leave the Mountains
  12. Help, Galatea! Help, Ye Parent Gods!
  13. Mourn, All Ye Muses!
  14. Must I My Acis Still Bemoan
  15. 'Tis Done: Thus I Exert My Pow'r Divine
  16. Heart, the Seat of Soft Delight
  17. Galatea, Dry Thy Tears
  18. O Ruddier Than the Cherry

Product Details

  • Performer: Joan Sutherland, Grace Bumbry, Kenneth McKellar, David Ward, Peter Pears, et al.
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Decca Eloquence
  • ASIN: B004WZ79ZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Harry Sillen on October 29, 2014
As a confirmed Joan Sutherland aficionado, I've owned these recordings for the better part of 40 years. This recording of Messiah has been overtaken by numerous other recordings, more in tune with our own times. Still, her singing is wonderful, although the slow tempos of Mr. Boult now seem totally out of place. It is good to hear Kenneth Mckellar again. I had forgotten what a nice voice it was. I wish I could say the same of Peter Pear's contribution in "Acis and Galatea". Sutherland is in wonderful youthful voice, but the ultra-dry tenor of Pears ruins this recording. He sounds precious and gives the impression he finds himself far above this sort of thing. Older than the "Messiah" recording, this "Acis" sounds more modern.
The remastering does not seem to have added anything to the sound, which was good early 1960s.
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