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.
This album production was taken direct from Handel’s sheet music, just as he intedened it to be performed.
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.
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.