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Georg Friedrich HAENDEL (1685-1759)

Lynn Dawson, soprano
Guillaumette Laurens, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Antonio Abete, bass
Coro della Radio Svizzera
I Barocchisti, Duilio Falfetti, leader
Diego Fasolis, conductor
Rec: June 2000, Chiesa di San Nicolao, Lugano, Switzerland.
ARTS 47627-2 [141.10]


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Ah, yet another recording of Messiah. There are dozens of recordings of this great work currently available, ranging from historic recordings to historically informed performances. So why another recording of Messiah? Is it in the belief that the mere existence of such a recording will sell well? Can Handel fans really have the need for so many Messiahs? These questions need to be asked, because this recording offers little that is "new" or different, and there is little that stands out, in comparison with others.

The singers all seem overcome with vibritis - that twitching disease that barely allows them to sing a single note without wavering. Nary an aria occurs without the symptoms of this dreaded disease being heard. The soloists all seem afraid to sing out clearly, and this especially detracts in the slower arias, such as the long He was despised and rejected sung by Guillaumette Laurens.

The attractive choir and excellent orchestra, playing on period instruments, keep this recording afloat. The choral movements are indeed the best part of this performance, with a rich texture, and a beautiful sound. The choral movements at the beginning of part two are fine examples: full of energy and vigour, powerful, yet with a hint of delicacy in their dynamics. But this is not reason enough to choose this recording. Yet another Messiah.

Kirk McElhearn

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