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Everything said about this work is true

I am very glad I didn't succumb to buying the cheaper Handel's "Messiah" (London Symphony w/Walter Suskind) which is offered, but I did read the reviews re: this album (2 disks) and on their strength D/L'ed this one. What a delightfully brilliant handling of this magnificent piece of work. It literally sparkles with an intensity and tempo reflecting Sir Neville Marriner's exquisite direction. What a treat to listen to anytime of the year!

A Better Messiah

Sir Neville Marriner's reliability as a interpreter of classical pieces is evident in this production of the Messiah. The music is more elevated in its clarity and texture than in other more recent recordings. Some may find it a little rushed for their tastes, but I prefer its more energetic tempo over the lethargy of the London Symphony's recording.

Outstanding, but...

potential buyers should be aware that this recording is based on the first London performance, for which Handel made revisions from the Dublin premiere. Some items are not standard - most notably "But Who May Abide" - but everything is performed beautifully. It's not an original-instruments performance, but its light textures and quick tempos show the influence of the early-music movement. Also, the sound is exceptional for a pre-digital recording. An excellent "second" Messiah.


Formed: 1959

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In 1958, violinist Neville Marriner invited a dozen of his colleagues to form an ensemble that would focus on playing Baroque music. Taking the meaning of ensemble playing to heart, the group decided to work without a conductor, as did many chamber orchestras of the Baroque period. In this cooperative spirit, the ensemble worked toward the brilliantly energetic sound and high standard of musicianship that have become its hallmarks. Unable to generate sufficient interest in concerts, the ensemble...
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