VIDEO

LABEL: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
CATALOG NUMBER: ID5046GCDVD
UPC NUMBER: 014381504620
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 140 MIN.
YEAR RECORDED: 1991
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 26, 1999
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1
AUDIO: DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO
REGION: 1 (NTSC)
CONDUCTOR: JEAN-JACQUES KANTOROW
ORCHESTRA: AUVERGNE ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: NATIONAL CHOIR OF LYON
SOPRANO: VERONIQUE DIETSCHY
MEZZO-SOPRANO: ELIANE TANTCHEFF
TENOR: ALEXANDER LAITER
BASS: THOMAS THOMASCHKE

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SITE RATING:  4/10
SITE REVIEW:  One of the few Mozart arrangements of Messiah to be filmed, this 1991 performance by Jean-Jacques Kantorow, the Auvergne Orchestra and National Choir of Lyon, and sung in English, is just middling in its presentation, lacking a professional touch in the filming, and suffering from a dull, pedestrian reading.  The orchestra, playing modern instruments, are competent, but unable to bring any fire or distinction to their playing; the National Choir of Lyon is likewise, well-blended and possessing a good tone and pronunciation, but reigned in by the staid tempos and unimaginative, straight-forward reading.  Among the soloists, Alexander Laiter is pleasing, although his English is stilted, bass Thomas Thomaschke sings with a hollow, throaty tone, and appears to have his collar loosened during the performance. Mezzo-soprano Eliane Tantcheff clearly has no interest in what she's singing, rarely looking out of the score, so that the director chooses to focus on the orchestra during her performances, instead of her.  Soprano Veronique Dietschy fares best, with a sparkling, clear tone and some emotional investment in her expression.  The camera work here is sloppy, with other cameras present in the shots, and occasional editing snafus (in an early chorus, the choir is clearly singing different words to what we are hearing), but being a live performance, some errors can be forgiven - what's most disappointing about this Messiah is the lackadaisical performance, a bland and flavorless concoction which left me hungering for something more potent and engaging.


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