HANDEL Messiah Harper/Watts/Wakefield/Shirley-Quir 4647032
Colin Davis has made several recordings of "Messiah", but this highly acclaimed 1966 release originally defined his preferred interpretive approach, employing an appropriately scaled, moderate sized chorus and orchestra of modern instruments with tasteful ornamentation. His soloists (especially Heather Harper and Helen Watts) are just about ideal. Everything is as smooth as silk . . . As a modern instruments' "Messiah" performance, this has always ranked with the best.