Messiah Complete ( 1995 ) (CD)
Long revered by people of all faiths as the "ultimate" classical composition on the life of the Savior, Handel's Messiah and it's Hallelujah Chorus have become eternal Christmas and Easter favorites. But this presentation is more than a Christmas piece, it is an essential addition to any classical collection, and the best classical recording of all time, according to the world's critics. The quality of production, the attention to detail, and the talent of its' performers places this CD recording in a class totally by itself. Purchase your copy today, and order for your friends as well, you'll be giving them the gift of praise, tribute, remembrance and peace.
- 2-CD Version of Messiah
- Digitally Recorded
- Digitally Mixed
- Digitally Mastered
This album production was taken direct from Handel’s sheet music, just as he intedened it to be performed.
About the Author
The 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir originated in the mid-19th century in Salt Lake City. As the Latter-day Saints moved west, Church President Brigham Young included musicians among members of the advance parties. Consequently, a small choir first sang for a conference of the Church in the Salt Lake Valley on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after the first group arrived. The origins of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may be found in the desire and commitment of early converts to include appropriate music in both sacred and secular events.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has appeared at 13 world’s fairs and expositions, performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events. Five of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s recordings have achieved “gold record” and two have achieved “platinum record” status. The most popular was the Grammy-Award-winning 1959 release of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A marvelous achievement.
by Customer - reviewed on May 27, 2003
Though Handle didn't have a choir of over 300 voices in mind when composing 'The Messiah', the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's performance of the best loved and most performed oratorio is a marvelous achievement. The rich, full sound the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is known for adds majestic grandeur to the Choruses. , Sir David Willcocks, conductor, organist, composer/arranger of Britain's renowned Choral Tradition in Cambridge was asked to conduct the choir, I suppose to give the choir an opportunity to perform 'The Messiah' in the tradition of the composer or to perhaps 'authenticate' the performance. I assume the soloists (also British) were imported for the same purpose. , The undertaking is huge and the result is wonderful. Though, in my opinion, it wasn't necessary to go to such lengths to 'legitimize' the project. It would have been fine, maybe better to have made this production more unique for the choir's tradition.
Mostly Good, Some Bad
by Customer - reviewed on December 10, 2006
I have owned this CD set for about ten years. My review falls somewhere in between the others I've read here. This recording is not a horrific mess that is embarrassing, but it also has its weaknesses. , The biggest weakness is the use of a counter-tenor rather than an alto. This man may be the finest counter-tenor in the world, but to these ears his tone sounds quite weak. In place of a beautiful, feminine sounding alto, we have a falsetto, medieval-sounding male voice that just doesn't cut it. Unfortunately, the alto voice sings several of the most powerful arias of the Messiah, so it's hard to simply look past it. , Aside from the counter-tenor, the record quality is ok, but not great. I have a fine audio system and this recording is not among the best that I own. , Unless I'm completely mis-hearing certain passages, it is true that there are breakdowns in the choir on some of the difficult sixteenth note vocal runs. The most notable to me occurs in the male voices on 'All We Like Sheep.' There is a run or two where the men are not all synchronized. But these timing problems are rare; the performance is not laden with these types of issues. , It is nice to hear a choir which has the spirit perform such powerful, timeless music. Despite some of the aforementioned technical imperfections of the performance, the power of the music shines through and listening to this recording can be a moving experience.