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    'Tis the season . . . to be listening to my four recordings of Handel's Messiah.



    Elsie Morison (soprano), Marjorie Thomas (contralto), Richard Lewis (tenor), James Milligan (bass)
    Huddersfield Choral Society, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent



    Elly Ameling (soprano), Anna Reynolds (contralto), Philip Langridge (tenor), Gwynne Howell (bass)
    Academy & Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner



    Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Anne Gjevang (contralto), Keith Lewis (tenor), Gwynne Howell (bass)
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Sir Georg Solti



    Heather Harper (soprano), Helen Watts (contralto), John Wakefield (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (bass)
    London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Colin Davis

    Still trying to track down a complete recording of the fifth version I want; so far, have only found highlights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Still trying to track down a complete recording of the fifth version I want; so far, have only found highlights.
    Have you tried the Pearlman set? It can be had for a song and of all my Messiah sets, it is the one I keep coming back to. No major name singers but a very excellent performance none the less.
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    Found it! Looks complete, and only $10!

    Another Monday, another Opera Lively-inspired impulse buy . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    Found it! Looks complete, and only $10!

    Another Monday, another Opera Lively-inspired impulse buy . . .
    That is an excellent set. I have it. In fact, it was my first ever Messiah set purchased from Liberty Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1984 in vinyl by a friend who was in the music school. I since got the CD set.
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    Hidden Handel - Ann Hallenberg; Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis




    Néère: Hahn, Duparc and Chausson
    . Véronique Gens (soprano) & Susan Manoff (piano)





    Guillaume de Machaut: Sovereign Beauty - The Orlando Consort





    Tragediennes 1
    (French Operatic Tragedies) - Véronique Gens (soprano); Ensemble les Talens Lyrique, Christophe Rousset



    Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II - The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Hidden Handel - Ann Hallenberg; Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis




    Néère: Hahn, Duparc and Chausson
    . Véronique Gens (soprano) & Susan Manoff (piano)





    Guillaume de Machaut: Sovereign Beauty - The Orlando Consort





    Tragediennes 1
    (French Operatic Tragedies) - Véronique Gens (soprano); Ensemble les Talens Lyrique, Christophe Rousset



    Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II - The Sixteen, Harry Christophers


    Looks like some great listening there! Be sure to let us know which ones are 'can't misses'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Looks like some great listening there! Be sure to let us know which ones are 'can't misses'!
    I love Veronique Gens in Baroque, but the songs are lovely too. You can't go wrong with Ann Hallenberg. The Purcell was pleasant but not overwhelming. The Machaut is rather same samey to my ears.

    Yes, if I was going to recommend one it would be Tragediennes, or the songs if you don't like Baroque.
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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626
    Sophie Karthauser (soprano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor, Johannes Weisser (baritone)
    Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs




    Secrets
    Marianne Crebassa (mezzo), Fazil Say (piano)

    Natalie

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    The Wagner Project
    Matthias Goerne (baritone); The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding



    Listening to this reconfirmed to me that, when listening to Wagner, you really want to pay at least as much attention to the orchestra as the singing. The singing is just often another instrument rather than the carrier of the scene. Here the liebestod is given with no soprano and it carries nearly as much emotional weight as with a singer.
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    Oh How I Love
    Jonathan Dove


    Dove: There was a Child
    Joan Rodgers (soprano) & Toby Spence (tenor)
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus & CBSO Junior Chorus, Simon Halsey

    Natalie

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    Pluses: Soloists have attractive voices, especially bass John Cheek, and he gets to sing the aria, “But who may abide the day of his coming.”
    Minuses: Ornamentation all over the place. I prefer a straightforward, unadorned interpretation of this oratorio; several years ago, I gave away the Bonynge version even though it has one of my favorite tenors (Werner Krenn) because all the embellishments spoiled my enjoyment of it.

    And now I think I’m finished purchasing Messiah recordings. (Unless there’s a new release with Jonas Kaufmann as the tenor soloist. )

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    It is time. This recording absolutely deserves the cornerstone status it has.


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    ^ A coincidence that you should mention that. Before I opened your post, I had just finished copying that set to my mp3 player to give it a listen later today. It is an excellent set!
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    Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
    Mary Bevan (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass) - Cantatas 1, 3, 6); Joanne Lunn (soprano), Ciara Hendrick (mezzo), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Konstantin Wolff (bass) - Cantatas 2, 4, 5.
    Dunedin Consort, John Butt

    Natalie

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