Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)
The Messiah (arr. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Donna Brown, Cornelia Kallisch, Roberto Sacca, Alistair Miles
Gächinger Kantorei, Helmuth Rilling
Directed by Helmut Rost
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Region Code: 0
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Running Time: 150 mins
DVD 9/ NTSC
101 175 (NTSC)
"I was particularly impressed by Cornelia Kallisch; her singing of
''He was despised'' is beautifully controlled and her declamation clear and
[Donna Brown's] light-textured voice, sometimes recalling the
youthful Ameling, is ideal in this repertory. The bass Alastair Miles is the
British member of the team and his contribution is a strong one. His vigorous
account of ''Why do the nations so furiously rage together?'', complemented
by Mozart's timpani, comes over fluently and with pleasing attention to detail.
The choruses are mostly effectively sung by Rilling's Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei
consisting of some 50 or so voices-Mozart is believed to have had no more than
12 singers in his choir-and the orchestral playing is polished and alert."
Gramophone on the original CD issue.
During the first London performance King George II is said to have been so
moved by the "Hallelujah" chorus, that he rose from his seat, and
the rest of the audience with him. The Messiah, Handel's best-known oratorio,
is deemed to be the masterpiece of the genre and one of the main reasons that
he became the most popular artistic figure in London's contemporary music scene.
Helmuth Rilling conducts Mozart's 1789 arrangement of that "Grand Musical
Entertainment." According to Rilling, it is due to the details that this
arrangement is so fascinating: dynamic changes, a different segmentation of
solo and chorus parts, the instrumentation modulated to the tone characteristic
of Mozart's time. "Actually", says Rilling, "this Messiah is
a new work, more colourful, and very interesting!"