By Erin Wall; Elizabeth DeShong; Andrew Staples; John Relvea; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis; Sir Andrew Davis. By George Frideric Handel. Classical. Hybrid super audio CD (2 discs). Chandos #CHSA 5176(2). Published by Chandos (NX.CHSA-5176-2-).
Experience the transcendent glory of Messiah in Sir Andrew Davis's new, majestic, must-hear edition of Handel's beloved classic. Recorded live, this unique version makes use of all the colors available from the modern symphony orchestra to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements. Without detracting from the innate power of the original, the conductor's score calls for moments of drama, pathos, and even, sometimes, whimsicality. It is supported by substantial brass and woodwind forces, and several percussion instruments. As he explains in a very personal booklet note, this leading British conductor brings immense dedication to what is probably the most famous piece of British sacred music ever composed, this version being one which he has conducted live only a few times, including on this recording. He confesses: "Everything I have done instrumentally stems from the enormous respect, even awe, which I feel towards this supreme masterpiece".