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LABEL: UNIVERSAL MUSIC / CBC RECORDS
CATALOG NUMBER: 929274
UPC NUMBER: 059582525159
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 137 MINUTES
YEAR RECORDED: 2010
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 19, 2011
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
AUDIO: 5.1 SURROUND STEREO
REGION: 1 (NTSC)
CONDUCTOR: KENT NAGANO
ORCHESTRA: ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTREAL
CHOIR: OSM CHORUS
SOPRANO: DOMINIQUE LABELLE
COUNTERTENOR: DANIEL TAYLOR
TENOR: MICHAEL SCHADE
BASS: TYLER DUNCAN

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SITE RATING:  8/10
SITE REVIEW:  This filmed telecast of Messiah, which appeared on Canadian television in December 2010, is a polished, traditional performance, with good production values and camera work showcasing the gorgeous Basilique Notre-Dame of Montreal. Although played on modern instruments, the Symphony Orchestra of Montreal performs vibrantly under the baton of Ken Nagano, and the OSM Chorus sings passionately, if not always with tonal unity; various sections seem to come to the fore at odd moments, and the audio seems to soften at times as well, muffling the soloists.  The production values are clean, but the director of cinematography creates camera moves that draw attention to themselves, such as long swooping rushes up the aisle, and then reversed (I counted this same camera move at least twice), or an over-the-top of the lighting fixture shot, which took me out of the performance.  Nagano's tempos are right in line with modern sensibilities, and he brings welcome speed to certain movements (such as a thrilling "The Lord Gave The Word") which perks things up considerably.  Soloists are vocally excellent, with Michael Schade throwing himself physically into his performance, and countertenor Daniel Taylor a welcome addition, although he struggles in catching breaths at times.  Soprano Dominique LaBelle is fine, with a bright, ringing tone, and bass Tyler Duncan is wonderfully clean and polished, with a good woody timbre in his tone and excellent control.  A good overall performance, with only the nagging feeling that it's all too conservative and safe in it's interpretation.


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