Sir Andrew Davis Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah

Sir Andrew Davis

Paru le 4 février 2011 chez Warner Classics (Parlophone)

Artiste principal : Andrew Davis

Genre : Classique

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Among traditional, large ensemble versions of George Frederick Handel's Messiah, this 1986 recording by Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has held up rather well over the years and has become a favorite for many listeners. While not pretending to be an authentic Baroque performance -- Davis conducts the large Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, rather than a smaller-sized choral group, and the orchestra plays modern instruments and is fully staffed -- there are nonetheless crisp rhythms, clean lines, and evenly blended harmonies that make the choruses feel light and limber and not at all stodgy. In terms of articulation and ornamentation, this rendition has few embellishments or period touches and is generally straightforward in execution, so no one could mistake it for any of the historically informed recordings of, say, William Christie, Trevor Pinnock, or Christopher Hogwood. Apart from matters of interpretation and style, many listeners will want to hear this Messiah for the outstanding vocal soloists, soprano Kathleen Battle, mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar, tenor John Aler, and bass Samuel Ramey, who all deliver exceptional performances, though Aler and Ramey give their turns extra measures of virtuosity and emotional coloration. This may not be the recording of choice for Handel scholars or early music purists, but it has found a warm spot in the hearts of amateurs and aficionados alike, and its expressive strengths and technical assuredness, as well as its warm recorded sound, should keep it in the catalog for years to come.
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Album : 2 disques - 54 pistes Durée totale : 02:25:19

    DISQUE 1
  1. 1 Messiah, Part One: Sinfony: Grave - Allegro moderato

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  2. 2 Messiah, Part One: Comfort ye my people (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  3. 3 Messiah, Part One: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  4. 4 Messiah, Part One: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  5. 5 Messiah, Part One: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (bass)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  6. 6 Messiah, Part One: But who may abide the day of His coming (counter-tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  7. 7 Messiah, Part One: And he shall Purify

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  8. 8 Messiah, Part One: Behold a virgin shall conceive (alto)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  9. 9 Messiah, Part One: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto/chorus)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  10. 10 Messiah, Part One: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  11. 11 Messiah, Part One: The people that walked in darkness (bass)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  12. 12 Messiah, Part One: For unto us a child is born

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  13. 13 Messiah, Part One: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  14. 14 Messiah, Part One: There were shepards

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  15. 15 Messiah, Part One: And lo, the Angel of the Lord

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  16. 16 Messiah, Part One: And the angel said unto them

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  17. 17 Messiah, Part One: And suddenly there was with the angel

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  18. 18 Messiah, Part One: Glory to God in the highest

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  19. 19 Messiah, Part One: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano I)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  20. 20 Messiah, Part One: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (counter-tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  21. 21 Messiah, Part One: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (counter-tenor/soprano I)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  22. 22 Messiah, Part One: His yoke is easy, his burthen is light

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  23. 23 Messiah, Part Two: Behold, The Lamb of God

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  24. 24 Messiah, Part Two: He was despised (alto)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  25. DISQUE 2
  26. 1 Messiah, Part Two: Surely, He hath borne our griefs

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  27. 2 Messiah, Part Two: And with His stipes we are healed

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  28. 3 Messiah, Part Two: All we like sheep have gone astray

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  29. 4 Messiah, Part Two: All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  30. 5 Messiah, Part Two: He trusted in God

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  31. 6 Messiah, Part Two: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  32. 7 Messiah, Part Two: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  33. 8 Messiah, Part Two: He was cut off out of the land of the living (soprano II)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  34. 9 Messiah, Part Two: But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell (soprano II)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  35. 10 Messiah, Part Two: Lift up your heads, O ye gates

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  36. 11 Messiah, Part Two: Unto which of the Angels (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  37. 12 Messiah, Part Two: Let all the angels of God worship Him

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  38. 13 Messiah, Part Two: Thou art gone up on high (counter-tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  39. 14 Messiah, Part Two: The Lord gave the word

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  40. 15 Messiah, Part Two: How beautiful are the feet (soprano I)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  41. 16 Messiah, Part Two: Their sound is gone out into all lands

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  42. 17 Messiah, Part Two: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (bass)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  43. 18 Messiah, Part Two: Let us break their bonds asunder

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  44. 19 Messiah, Part Two: He that dwelleth in heaven (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  45. 20 Messiah, Part Two: Thou shalt break them (tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  46. 21 Messiah, Part Two: Hallelujah

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  47. 22 Messiah, Part Three: I know that my redeemer liveth (soprano I)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  48. 23 Messiah, Part Three: Since by man came death

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  49. 24 Messiah, Part Three: Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  50. 25 Messiah, Part Three: The trumpet shall sound (bass)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  51. 26 Messiah, Part Three: Then shall be brought to pass the saying (counter-tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  52. 27 Messiah, Part Three: O death, where is thy sting (counter-tenor/tenor)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  53. 28 Messiah, Part Three: But thanks be to God

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  54. 29 Messiah, Part Three: If God be for us (alto)

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  55. 30 Messiah, Part Three: Worthy is Lamb that was slain ... Amen

    Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Artist - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Andrew Davis, MainArtist - Samuel Ramey, Artist - John Aler, Artist - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist - Kathleen Battle, Artist - Florence Quivar, Artist - Elmer Iseler Singers, Artist Copyright : (C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd. (P) 1987 Angel Records. All rights reserved.

  • Descriptif de l'album
  • Among traditional, large ensemble versions of George Frederick Handel's Messiah, this 1986 recording by Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has held up rather well over the years and has become a favorite for many listeners. While not pretending to be an authentic Baroque performance -- Davis conducts the large Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, rather than a smaller-sized choral group, and the orchestra plays modern instruments and is fully staffed -- there are nonetheless crisp rhythms, clean lines, and evenly blended harmonies that make the choruses feel light and limber and not at all stodgy. In terms of articulation and ornamentation, this rendition has few embellishments or period touches and is generally straightforward in execution, so no one could mistake it for any of the historically informed recordings of, say, William Christie, Trevor Pinnock, or Christopher Hogwood. Apart from matters of interpretation and style, many listeners will want to hear this Messiah for the outstanding vocal soloists, soprano Kathleen Battle, mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar, tenor John Aler, and bass Samuel Ramey, who all deliver exceptional performances, though Aler and Ramey give their turns extra measures of virtuosity and emotional coloration. This may not be the recording of choice for Handel scholars or early music purists, but it has found a warm spot in the hearts of amateurs and aficionados alike, and its expressive strengths and technical assuredness, as well as its warm recorded sound, should keep it in the catalog for years to come.

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