Notes & Reviews:
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir present an intimate and stirring performance of Handel's Messiah. This 2-CD recording of the full score on period instruments features a stellar cast of soloists including Karina Gauvin, Robin Blaze, Rufus Müller and Brett Polegatol. Tafelmusik presents this baroque masterpiece with the spirit and vitality of Handel's own 18th-century productions. A perennial favorite with audiences and critics alike, Tafelmusik's Messiah has garnered glowing reviews year after year.
WQXR (New York)
... it goes to show the staying power and versatility of this Christmas-season favorite.
The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir was beautifully balanced, the orchestra a burnished wonder of gentle texture and sharp rhythm.
Audio Video Club of Atlanta
The big choruses such as "Hallelujah! The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth" and "Worthy is the Lamb" are grand and glorious .
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Generally the pacing is on the relaxed and restrained side. Certainly he has developed in his 24-member choir an ensemble of tonal sheen, tight precision, and balance of parts. Among the soloists, Polegato has the most assertive personality. Countertenor Blaze makes a good showing in all the alto parts. She also delivers the most purely beautiful singing of the four. The recording, taken from concert performances in December 2011, is quite free of audience noises and crystal clear.
Recording information: Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada (12/14/2011-12/17/2011).
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
- Conductor: Ivars Taurins
- Ensemble: Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
- Notes: Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada (12/14/2011-12/17/2011)
- Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1741