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    I own close to twenty recordings of Handel: Messiah and my favorite bass soloist among them is Bryn Terfel, by a long shot. I would like to hear which bass soloists (Messiah only in this case) that you all enjoy listening to.

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    I like all the soloists in the Dunedin Consort's Dublin version Messiah. You can check out bass-baritone, Matthew Brook, in Thus Saith the Lord, in this short sample of track clips (scroll down to lower right).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I like all the soloists in the Dunedin Consort's Dublin version Messiah. You can check out bass-baritone, Matthew Brook, in Thus Saith the Lord, in this short sample of track clips (scroll down to lower right).
    Yes, I own that album also and it is beautiful. Matthew Brook is quite good, but still isn't at the level of Bryn Terfel in my opinion.

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    John Tomlinson on Pinnock's version is great. A real bass!

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    Jerome Hines. Magnificent stentorian voice that not only understood the text but because he was a Christian, understood it spiritually and you get it through each and every word he speaks of.

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    Giorgio Tozzi on the Beecham recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Giorgio Tozzi on the Beecham recording.
    I do not own the Beecham album yet. Most of the Messiah recordings I own are small groups with quicker tempos, with the exception of Robert Shaw and maybe one or two others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaritoneAssoluto View Post
    Jerome Hines. Magnificent stentorian voice that not only understood the text but because he was a Christian, understood it spiritually and you get it through each and every word he speaks of.
    None of my Messiah recordings have him as bass soloist but I found him on Youtube...lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanCrusty View Post
    I do not own the Beecham album yet. Most of the Messiah recordings I own are small groups with quicker tempos, with the exception of Robert Shaw and maybe one or two others.
    I recall there was something wrong with the Beecham Messiah, perhaps that he had reorchestrated it. I listened to it once and thought it an atrocity. Was rather bombastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I recall there was something wrong with the Beecham Messiah, perhaps that he had reorchestrated it. I listened to it once and thought it an atrocity. Was rather bombastic.


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    I'm with VanCrusty in voting for Terfel. His singing is nuanced and sensitive to the text, and technically very impressive. I don't think there's a more incisive or cleanly-sung Why do the Nations on record.

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    How about Matthew Rose:
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    Have you tried the bass in Westenburg's Messiah?
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    Samuel Ramey's "And the Trumpet Shall Sound" is by now the stuff of legend, I think:


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    May I add a new voice : The trumpet shall sound", Philippe Sly

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