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George Frideric Handel

ARTS DVD-Audio 45007

Messiah

Lynne Dawson, soprano
Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Antonio Abete, bass
Coro della Radio Svizera
I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis
ARTS DVD-Audio 45007-6 Dolby Digital 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 MLP
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Messiah is the perennial Christmas favourite and this new recording on DVD-Audio will surely be an ideal present for all audiophiles. The sound is quite amazing, emanating from five separate channels with the orchestra, chorus and soloists firmly divided and creating a fabulous sense of concert hall atmosphere.

As an interpretation, Fasolis is a fine conductor, creating just the right sense of palpable atmosphere and moving the music along at a merry pace. Thus the famous numbers such as "For unto us a child is born", "Why do the Nations", Halleluljah' and the glorious "Amen" chorus sound quite riveting. The team of soloists is also very creditable with Dawson a particularly fine soprano. At this price, this DVD-Audio is quite difficult to resist and will provide endless enjoyment to the discerning music lover.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech

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