Dave Lampson reports
>The latest entries in National Recording Registry at the Library
>of Congress ...
>There's spoken word and rare jazz performances, as well as a few classical
>recordings I thought some list members might find interesting:
>"Messiah," Eugene Ormandy, conductor; Richard Condie, choir
>director; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Philadelphia Orchestra (1958)
One of the worst Messiahs ever recorded. The MTC sings their usual
rhythmic slush. A choir that size has no business with the fleet and
flexible numbers like "And He shall purify" and "His yoke is easy," which
depend on rhythmic precision and a light grace to make their effect.
At least at that time, the MTC was known for a massive sound, almost no
sense of rhythm, and a rock-'em sock-'em approach phrasing and dynamics.
HOW (or even why) did anybody consider this a contender? I can think
of many better recordings by Ormandy and many better, and in the long
run more significant, American recordings of Messiah.