"For those who treasure Messiah,
Thomas' version is
- Bay Area Reporter
"One of the best-sounding recordings I've heard in the last few years is Handel's Messiah performed by Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists (Delos DE-3360 CD). The sound is spectacularly natural, with realistic dynamics and a wonderful sense of space. If you haven't heard it, I recommend it highly."
Messiah, recorded live in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi
Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of UC Davis.
Released by Delos
Steven Tharp, tenor
American Bach Soloists Choir and Orchestra
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor
about the Recording
this to say about a preview of the recording...
When the official
release comes out, don't even think about it—just
go buy it. It was recorded in the 1800-seat Mondavi Symphony
Hall in California, which [audio engineer John] La Grou
reckons ranks as one of the great performance spaces.
His recording offers some proof of that conviction...
CD-R La Grou sent me consists of unedited, unprocessed
master takes...there's an honesty and excitement in these
takes that's all too frequently missing from "official" recordings...
the voices!...The American Bach Soloists shine on "Glory to God," and there's a spectacular
performance from the countertenor on "He Was Despised."
- Wes Phillips, Stereophile Magazine