VIDEO

LABEL: TAFELMUSIK / NAXOS
CATALOG NUMBER: TMK1008DVD
UPC NUMBER: 8 80513 10085 1
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 1:06:45
DATE RECORDED: JANUARY 2010
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 24, 2012
ASPECT RATIO: NTSC 4:3 - LETTERBOXED TO 16:9
AUDIO: STEREO AC3
REGION: NTSC 0
CONDUCTOR: IVARS TAURINS (AS "HERR HANDEL")
ORCHESTRA: TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
CHOIR: TAFELMUSIK CHAMBER CHOIR
SOPRANO: SUZIE LEBLANC
COUNTER-TENOR: DANIEL TAYLOR
TENOR: RUFUS M‹LLER
BARITONE: LOCKY CHUNG

VIDEO SAMPLES OTHER RELEASES



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TRACK LISTING
Handelís Introduction 4:00
Handelís Instructions to the Chorus 2:00
1. Sinfonia 3:00
2-3. Tenor: Comfort ye / Evíry valley 5:30
4. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord 3:00
5. Bass: Thus saith the Lord 1:20
6. Alto: But who may abide 4:40
7. Chorus: For unto us a child is born 4:00
8. Pifa 1:00
9. Soprano: There were shepherds / But lo, the angel
/And the angel / And suddenly 1:25
10. Chorus: Glory to God 1:50
11. Soprano: Rejoice greatly 4:10
12. Tenor: All they that see him 0:45
13. Chorus: He trusted in God 2:15
14. Tenor: They rebuke / Behold and see / He was cut off /But
thou didst not leave 5:20
15. Chorus: Hallelujah 4:00
16. Soprano: I know my redeemer liveth 6:30
17. Bass: Behold, I tell you / The trumpet shall sound
(excerpt) 3:30
18. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb / Amen 7:30
BONUS TRACKS
Jean-Joseph de Mondonville
"Dominus regnavit,"
from Grand motet Dominus regnavit * 4:36
Antonio Vivaldi
"Et in terra pax,"from Gloria, RV.589 * 2:17
Johann Sebastian Bach
"Sicut era in principio,"from Gloria, BWV 191 * 6:06
George Frideric Handel
"And he shall purify," from Messiah ** 2:23
George Frideric Handel
"For unto us a child is born," from Messiah ** 3:57

SITE RATING:  4/10
SITE REVIEW:  I'm a little baffled as to whom this video release is aimed at; "sing-along" Messiah's are, of course, popular throughout the United States, bringing together music lovers who might not  have the time or inclination to participate in a full-time chorus, these yearly events give them the opportunity to raise their voices in some of the most sublime music ever written for choir.  They also allow people to mingle with and interact with others who share their love of Messiah.  But this video serves little purpose, other than as a memento of one such gathering.  What?  Are those who are too anti-social to get out of the house now able to do a "sing-along" at home?  As entertainment, Ivars Taurins (as "Herr Handel") puts on an acerbic performance; part arthritic curmudgeon, part wink-wink Benny Hill, with strange, anachronistic add-ins that strip away any pretense that this is an historic re-enactment.  He interrupts musical moments by shouting out directions, teases audience members (to their delight or embarrassment), and conducts with great, swooping vigor.  It's an energetic performance, but it detracts, rather than enhances the sacred music being performed; a feeling which began at the very beginning of the video, with long behind-the-scenes shots played over and through the opening "Sinfonia."  As to the soloists and orchestra, they acquit themselves very well, with the orchestra a marvel of clean, vibrant playing, and the soloists world class, although Locky Chung's performance was oddly stilted and forced, the rest are notable; the choir is of course, an amalgam of the Tafelmusik  Chamber Choir and the audience, and as such, the audio on the choruses is blurry and smudged throughout.  On the whole, the viewing experience was unsatisfying; being an audience participation project, I wanted to feel the experience, but was left with the impression that you really just had to be there.


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