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LABEL: AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS
CATALOG NUMBER: UNKNOWN
UPC NUMBER: 019962312816
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 147 MINUTES
YEAR RECORDED: 2014
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 1, 2016
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 / 1.78:1
AUDIO: DTS
REGION: 1
CONDUCTOR: JEFFREY THOMAS
ORCHESTRA: AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS
CHOIR: AMERICAN BACH CHOIR
SOPRANO: MARY WIILSON
COUNTERTENOR: ERIC JUREANAS
TENOR: KYLE STEGALL
BARITONE: JESSE BLUMBERG

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SITE RATING:  10/10
SITE REVIEW:  A stunning new performance of Messiah, expertly filmed and produced by the American Bach Soloists, this high-definition, surround-sound blu-ray is without equal.  This is the second time that Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists have released a recording of Messiah, the first, in 2004, I thought was pristinely performed, but cold and distant in its execution.  This recording rectifies that fault, by showing us the performer's faces, which are committed, serene, and perfectly in harmony with each other.  The performers are all stunning, with tenor Kyle Stegall a wonderful discovery, with clear lines and masterful delivery - but he's equaled by the other soloists, with baritone Jesse Blumberg a commanding presence with wonderful tone, countertenor Eric Jureanas electrifying in his brilliant solos and masterful melismas, and soprano Mary Wilson brilliant and clear.  The American Bach Soloists and Choir are amazingly unified and balanced, with pure sound and crisp diction - a model of how a modern baroque ensemble should sound.  Conductor  Jeffrey Thomas has tempos well in hand, with a slow, beautifully-delineated opening Sinfonia giving way to sensitive, occasionally playful tempos which I found extremely sympathetic to the moment.  The production values on this blu-ray are exceptional - the unintrusive, multi-angle shots cover the beautiful Grace Cathedral, but not skimping on long shots of the performers.  It's a highly professional production, with the high-definition details adding depth and detail to the nearly flawless performance.  Highly recommended.


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