Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Recordings

Handel’s Messiah-Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos Recordingschandos-messiah
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples, tenor
John Relyea, bass

Release date: November 2016

More info on the Chandos Recordings CD

CD Reviews

Andrew Fletcher, writing in NE:MM.org in the UK, says: “Sir Andrew Davis claims that for this new concert edition, he wanted to do a ‘grand’ version, and sought to “keep Handel’s notes, harmonies and style intact, but to make use of all the colours available from the modern symphony orchestra”.
This goal is achieved, with an overall ‘bright’ feel that is vital, fresh and exuberant, but not overcooked.”
Read the full review on NE:MM.org.

Leslie Barcza, writing on barczablog, says: “Davis’s orchestration is like a witty commentary upon Handel, a gloss, a self-aware adaptation that sometimes positions itself in the tradition of Beecham’s big muscular sound with brass and percussion to underline key climaxes & phrases.” Read the full review on barczablog.

David Olds, writing in The Wholenote, says: “this new recording does the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and, indeed, Toronto itself proud.” Read the full review.

Brad Wheeler writing in The Globe and Mail says: “Upon its premiere in 2010, Sir Andrew Davis’s reimagined Messiah, as presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was described by The Globe and Mail as a “toe-tapping modern take on a hallowed masterpiece” and a “keeper.” Six years later, just in time for Christmas, the TSO take on Handel’s holiday crowd-pleaser is absolutely a keeper, in the take-home form of a two-CD box set released on the British label Chandos.” Read the full review.

 

Previous Recordings

A Festival of Carols: The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with organ, brass and piano (2006)

Matthew Larkin, organ
James Bourne & Peter Tiefenbach, pianoA Festival of Carols: The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with organ, brass & piano
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
The Festival Brass
Noel Edison, conductor

” …a wonderful selection of 20 well-known Christmas carols in a variety of excellent arrangements.
There is brass, organ and piano to accompany as Noel Edison carefully shapes the musical phrases” –
Toronto Star, December 21, 2006

This CD is no longer available.

 

Berlioz Requiem (1998)

Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirBerlioz Requiem (1998)
Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir
Elora Festival Orchestra
Noel Edison, conductor

“I’m drawn to Maestro Edison and crew because theirs is, first and foremost, a choral performance”
American Record Guide (Philip Greenfield), July-August, 2000

“The orchestra and soloists produce singing and playing that take the full measure of this massive score” –
The Guardian, July 2, 1999

This CD is available from the TMC office.

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Videos and Webcasts

If you would like to see the TMC performing, you can enjoy a number of video clips on the TMC YouTube Channel.

You can watch some full performances on the TMC webcast channel on Livestream.

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