, November 2013
Having listened to a number of high quality of recordings…and with several professional-level performances of the Messiah under my belt, this disc has to live up to some very high standards.
In short, it did. Oh my goodness did it ever!
The opening Sinfonia is a bold and vigorous explosion of expressive and well-tuned sound, and I was instantly engaged. The orchestral playing over the whole disc is light, nimble and musical. Ornamentation is in plentiful supply but always tastefully employed. At the start of each movement I was drawn into a passionate new sound-world, and the intensity never waned. The accompaniment of the choir was also brilliant. I never felt there to be a struggle for dominance between the instruments and singers. They work together perfectly.
An absolutely exquisite performance, and a must-have for any collection—brava! © 2013 MusicWeb International