VIDEO

LABEL: FOREIGN MEDIA GROUP
CATALOG NUMBER: UNKNOWN
UPC NUMBER: 842977075694
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 83 MINUTES
YEAR RECORDED: 2005
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 3, 2006
ASPECT RATIO: 4:3/1.33:1
AUDIO: DOLBY; DTS SURROUND SOUND
REGION: 1
CONDUCTOR: FRANK MCNAMERA
ORCHESTRA: IRISH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: IRISH PHILHARMONIC CHORUS
ARTISTS: GLADYS KNIGHT
ROGER DALTREY
JEFFREY OSBOURNE
CHAKA KHAN
THE YOUNG MESSIAH GOSPEL CHOIR
AIDEN QUINN (NARRATOR)

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SITE RATING:  2/10
SITE REVIEW:  Like so many other attempts to "modernize" Handel's great baroque oratorio, Frank McNamera's starry, glossy "Young Messiah" manages to infuse nothing worthwhile to the legacy of Messiah, instead coming off as cheap, tacky, and ill-conceived.  Released in 2006, and shown on PBS stations in the United States, this production managed to create a small amount of controversy due to IR700,000 being spent on the project (the committee who authorized the funds thought that they would make money from the project, rather than allowing that the project had any intrinsic artistic value), and charges of "musical sacrilege" being leveled against it.  Viewing it now, I can think of many other instances of sacrilege that far outweigh this trifling performance, but it's greatest sins are unquestionably the synthesized drums which tinnily adorn every chorus, the clashing styles of the gospel and classical choirs, actor Aiden Quinn's stilted, self-conscious narration, the flat, careless vocals by the Irish Philharmonic Chorus, and Roger Daltrey and Chaka Khan's "what-were-they-thinking" solos.  I could go on about the hideous costumes, the Vegas-style sets and lighting, and the blank stares on most of the participants, but suffice to say that this misguided attempt to bring Messiah to the masses feels leaden, is often painful to listen to and watch, and is a woe-begotten mismatch of clashing styles.


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