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This is an excellent recording of Handel's Messiah and a bargain at £3.16 for 43 tracks! As soon as I saw the price, I hit the buy button! Well recommended.

Superb value

I quite expected a low value performance, but at £3.16, I couldn't resist buying it, just to hear 'He shall feed his flock.....' It's a lovely recording, took a while to get used to the pace, but the choir is so pure! Wonderful, so I ask myself, iTunes, you sure you didn't get the decimal point in the wrong place?

A Messiah from the past

This recording dates from the late 1950s - although it is in good stereo sound. Speeds are typical of those of the period - slower and grander than is common today. The harpsichord continuo is by George Malcolm who was a pioneer of early performance and he helps to keep things crisp. The singing is uniformly wonderful - April Cantelo, Helen Watts (both superb) and the underrated Wilfred Brown - does anyone enunciate as clearly today? You can hear every single syllable. The bass, Stallman, isn't otherwise known to me. The orchestra and chorus are very fine if you like the non-HIP style (which I do). This is great big band Handel - spiritual and reverential. I expect he would have loved every bar of it. As I do.


Formed: 07 October 1932 in London, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the central institutions of the busy London concert scene, has long been recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, an assertion borne out by continued acclaim from audiences and critics alike. When the venerable Royal Philharmonic Society faced a financial crisis in the late 1920s, Sir Thomas Beecham proposed a plan to form a permanent orchestra for the first time in the Society's 115-year history. It was proposed that the ensemble, to be called...
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