Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Of the soloists, I am most impressed with countertenor Daniel Taylor for purity and refinement of tone. He sings all of the alto solos. In some other recordings they are divided between a countertenor and a mezzosoprano. I would describe the other soloists as oratorio singers. Tenor Tom Randle uses more vibrato than I would like in sustained solos like 'Comfort ye'. Sumner Thompson has a bright baritone sound rather than a dark bass tone. He fares better in the warlike ferocity of 'Why do the nations'. There is no question that this is a technically accomplished performance.
Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston (11/29/2013-12/01/2013).
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
- Conductor: Harry Christophers
- Ensemble: Handel & Haydn Society
- Notes: Symphony Hall, Boston (11/29/2013-12/01/2013)
- Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1741