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Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
Composed by George Frideric Handel
David Evan Thomas, Bass
John Elwes, Tenor
Midori Suzuki, Soprano
Yoshikazu Mera, countertenor
Conducted by Masaaki Suzuki 

            1. Messiah: And without controversy 
            2. Messiah: Symphony 
            3. Messiah: Comfort ye my people 
            4. Messiah: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted 
            5. Messiah: And the glory of the lord shall be revealed 
            6. Messiah: Thus saith the Lord      
            7. Messiah: But who may abide the day of His coming      
            8. Messiah: And He shall purify the sons of Levi      
            9. Messiah: Behold, a virgin shall conceive      
            10. Messiah: O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion      
            11. Messiah: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth      
            12. Messiah: The people that walked in darkness      
            13. Messiah: For unto us a child is born      
            14. Messiah: Pifa      
            15. Messiah: There were shepherds abiding      
            16. Messiah: And lo, the angel of the Lord      
            17. Messiah: And the angel said unto them      
            18. Messiah: And suddenly there was with the angel      
            19. Messiah: Glory to God in the highest      
            20. Messiah: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion      
            21. Messiah: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd      
            22. Messiah: He shall feed His flock      
            23. Messiah: His yoke is easy, His burthen is light      
            24. Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God      
            25. Messiah: He was despised and rejected of men      
Disc: 2

            1. Messiah: Surely, He hath borne our griefs      
            2. Messiah: And with His stripes we are healed      
            3. Messiah: All we like sheep have gone astray      
            4. Messiah: All they that see Him laugh      
            5. Messiah: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him      
            6. Messiah: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart      
            7. Messiah: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow      
            8. Messiah: He was cut off out of the land      
            9. Messiah: But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell      
            10. Messiah: Lift up your heads, O ye gates      
            11. Messiah: Unto which of the angels said He      
            12. Messiah: Let all the angels of God worship him      
            13. Messiah: Thou art gone up on high      
            14. Messiah: The Lord gave the word      
            15. Messiah: How beautiful are the feet of Him      
            16. Messiah: Their sound is gone out      
            17. Messiah: Why do the nations so furiously rage together      
            18. Messiah: Let us break their bonds asunder      
            19. Messiah: He that dwelleth in heaven      
            20. Messiah: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron      
            21. Messiah: Hallelujah!      
            22. Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth      
            23. Messiah: Since by man came death      
            24. Messiah: Behold, I tell you a mystery      
            25. Messiah: The trumpet shall sound      
            26. Messiah: Then shall be brought to pass      
            27. Messiah: O Death, where is thy sting      
            28. Messiah: But thanks be to God      
            29. Messiah: If God be for ever      
            30. Messiah: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain      

      The Bach Collegium Japan has proved itself in Bach cantatas, but Messiah 
      is as sacred a musical cow as Anglo-Saxons have. Don't be skeptical, 
      though: these Japanese musicians are the equal of any anglophone group. In 
      fact, this performance's only serious weakness is its English soloists: 
      tenor John Elwes and bass David Thomas are admirable artists who have seen 
      better days. The Japanese soloists fare better: Midori Suzuki has an 
      agile, youthful (sometimes fragile) soprano; countertenor Yoshikazu Mera's 
      excellent coloratura and eloquent delivery compensate for any lack of 
      vocal heft. Masaaki Suzuki's choir and orchestra perform with clarity, 
      warmth, excellent English diction, and a sense of wonder not heard since 
      Hogwood's 1980 recording. Messiah-manes may want to program their CD 
      players to mix Suzuki's chorus with, say, Hogwood's or Christie's 
      soloists. --Matthew Westphal 

     August 14, 2002 
            Reviewer: A music fan from Sweden 
      This is a very fine version of Handels Messiah (Covent Garden version).
      I mostly like Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan in major works like 
      this, St Matthew and St John passions, Christmas Oratorium (you not find 
      that Christamas Oratorium version seeking "Suzuki" and so on but you find 
      it if you go for one of the singers... "Turk" instead and that disc is one 
      of the best versions of Bachs Christmas Oratorium in my opinion -togheter 
      with Koopmans and Gardiners) and I also like Suzukis version of 
      Monteverdis Vespers.
      Sum up about THIS one is that is def. one of the best and safest choise 
      for both newcombers and old experts looking for a GOOD PERIOD instrument 
      version and this not sound so much period as McCreesh version does 
      (McCreesh Messiah version is DEF. a bit "harder" but is in my opinion more 
      special... a "brave" version -in a positive way).
      This version is whatsoever excellent so buy it with no hesitation. I dont 
      want to be without McCreesh OR this Excellent Suzuki. This one also has a 
      nice sound as you could expected from Swedish record label BIS and records 
      engineered/performed in Japan. 

            Reviewer: cdwitmer (see more about me) from Tachikawa, Tokyo Japan 
      We're a "Messiah-singing family" and various versions of Handel's Messiah, 
      including CDs and scores, are heavily used around our house. This is the 
      recording we always come back to as our main reference standard. I haven't 
      heard every single recording that gets good reviews, but I have heard a 
      good half dozen of the most popular recent recordings as well as the 
      standard recordings from the 1970s and 1960s, and this recording tops them 
      all. It isn't a perfect recording by any means, however. For example, BCJ 
      could easily top this recording today by using Robin Blaze in place of 
      Yoshikazu Mera. It never ceases to amaze me that as of this writing Mr. 
      Blaze still doesn't appear in a released recording of Messiah, despite 
      having participated in more than 70 recordings of Renaissance and Baroque 
      choral works to date. A few years ago I heard Mr. Blaze as the Alto 
      soloist with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, and boy did the sparks 
      fly on Mr. Blaze's solos. Truly wonderful, like nothing I have heard from 
      any Alto soloist previously. BCJ uses Mr. Blaze as a soloist extensively, 
      but director Masaaki Suzuki has told me he has no plans to re-record this 
      work even for release on DVD (which is how BCJ got its recording of Mr. 
      Blaze singing in Bach's Johannes-Passion; Mr. Mera appears on the earlier 
      CD issue). I consider Mr. Mera to be the weak link in this Messiah 
      recording. It's interesting to me that other some reviewers raved about 
      him, because his singing does not impress me all that much -- too lacking 
      in heft. Having said that, I *still* prefer Mr. Mera to many female voices 
      that I have heard singing the Alto solos. The Amazon reviewer was not 
      thrilled with Mssrs. Elwes and Thomas but I have no complaints. Have their 
      voices seen better days? Yes, it must be admitted. But they delivered 
      wonderful performances nevertheless. And contrary to what one reviewer 
      said, Mr. Elwes does *not* have "some truly bizarre pronunciation issues." 
      Among the soloists, it is Soprano Midori Suzuki (wife of cellist Hidemi 
      Suzuki) who really shines. I can see where someone might characterize her 
      voice as "sometimes fragile"; however, I don't know if I would go that 
      far. I think her renditions of the Soprano arias are the best I have ever 
      heard. If I had to subtract any points from her performance, perhaps it 
      might be in her recitatives; for those I tend to prefer The Sixteen's 
      soloist Lynda Russell. As for the chorus, well, I don't think anybody can 
      touch them, even The Sixteen or other top choirs. Even here I don't want 
      to give a perfect score; there are places where I think some nuances of 
      Handel's meaning have not been adequately brought out through the choir's 
      singing technique, but I think that is because of an interpretative 
      decision on Masaaki Suzuki's part, rather than because the chorus couldn't 
      deliver. This is a chorus that delivers exactly what is asked of it. The 
      same is true of the instrumental performers. So, to reiterate: definitely 
      not perfect, but certainly one of the best if not the absolute best 
      Messiah to date, and worth all five of the stars I gave it. 

July 6, 2002 
            Reviewer: akom48 (see more about me) from Rochester, NY USA 
      I have always loved "The Messiah" and this recording is pure joy. What 
      makes this recording special is the voice of Yoshikazu Mera. I have read 
      many reviews that say this recording is good but it isn't "the one" to 
      have. I just don't agree with that. Of all the versions of "The Messiah" I 
      have heard, this one is my favorite. It ha...
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