Westminster Abbey Ensemble Of St Margaret's Church - Messiah

Sunday 1st December 1996
Westminster Abbey Ensemble Of St Margaret's Church - Messiah

STYLE: Classical
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Bible Reading Fellowship 0745935443
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Familiarity breeds if not contempt, at least an inability to discern the riches, both aesthetic and spiritual contained in great art. Handel's Messiah has become such a familiar work to us that the classically orientated are forever tinkering to find more 'authentic' performances (baroque instruments and fewer voices) while CCM has given us a whole series of souped up pop versions. This tape offers us a small scale intimate performance of the marvellous work and in the process the beautiful cadences and sheer power of the work's soaring melodies and inspiring words impact the listener anew. Recorded by just four members of St Margaret's Choir and accompanied by five strings and a chamber organ, these selections from Handel's timeless oratorio are never less than enjoyable and sometimes spine-tingling.

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