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Old 11-17-2011, 07:25 AM
Location: Manhattan
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With the holiday season coming up rapidly, I'm looking for a good professional sounding MESSIAH performance.
Does anyone have any tips?

I'd rather not do one of those "sing-a-longs" which can come across as bad karaoke and would prefer a well trained choir...with a BIG organ. (I guess I'm asking for it there.)
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:37 AM
Location: New York City
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I saw this performance at Carnegie in 2009 (Music Review - Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra - ‘Messiah’ - A Glorious Reign at Carnegie Hall - NYTimes.com) and it was excellent. The soloists, especially the countertenor and bass, were superb. (I'm a choral composer, by the way.) The same group is doing it again this year. Despite its ubiquity, it’s actually a very difficult piece to do well. I don’t like hearing it unless it’s performed by top-flight musicians who understand the style.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:22 AM
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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this thread has made my day
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:49 PM
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I think the Carnegie Hall one is the most famous. And, like Upson Downs, it's very cheering.

I keep meaning to go to one of the freebies, but every year I'm too late.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:15 PM
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A who????
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:15 PM
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Another vote for Carnegie Hall as it is extremely well done, at least to my ears.

The New York Philharmonic is performing Messiah from the 13th to the 18th of December at Avery Fisher Hall. It would be better had it been at the Opera House with its pipe organ, but not a bad performance at all by the Philarmonic.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
~William Shakespeare
(As You Like It Act II, Scene VII)

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Old 11-18-2011, 06:42 AM
Location: Manhattan
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Thanks guys, Carnegie Hall it is.

I see they are doing two:
Dec. 9, St. Cecilia Chorus and Orcestra
Dec. 20, Musica Sacra

(I don't know any of the soloists.)

Which is the better chorus?

Of course if I can cop a freebie at either Carnegie Hall or Avery Fischer, my deciaion is made for me.

("For unto us a child is bo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-orn, Unto us a... son is given, and and the gov-ern-ment shall be upon his sho-o-o-o-o-0-oulders; and his his name shall be call-ed..WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, the MIGHTLY GOD, the EVERLASTING FATHER, the PRINCE of PEACE."
I'm a hard-boiled atheist but it still gives me chills!)

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Old 11-19-2011, 01:52 PM
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I vote for Musica Sacra
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