Handel Messiah Ultra HD 2CD

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Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering!
This Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering CD will play on ALL CD players!

Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering!
Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering is a proprietary ultra-high-quality mastering system. This leading-edge system has achieved unprecedented sonority and musicality, reproducing as closely as possible the sound of the original master tape! This format employs what is currently the highest attainable resolution bit depth (word length) in the professional audio field, i.e. 32-bit. 32-bit resolution makes possible maximized, undistorted dynamics, and the lowest noise floor, allowing even the quietest musical information to be heard more clearly. This breakthrough results from the development, through years of experience and application of advanced digital technology, of a sophisticated A/D and D/A processing system.

Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering does not specify a sampling rate; this allows flexibility in meticulously choosing the appropriate bandwidth for a particular recording. The higher the sampling rate -- for example, 192 kHz -- the greater the bandwidth. However, merely employing the greatest bandwidth may not guarantee the ultimate sound. With some recordings, a lower sampling rate -- 96 or 176 kHz -- may offer better musicality and more homogeneous harmonics. This determination requires careful and discerning auditioning and professional judgment. In the end, the human being’s hearing and emotions should be the final arbiter, rather than the print-out of testing equipment or technical measurements.

Recognizing these variables, FIM nevertheless tries to use 32-bit depth and 192 kHz bandwidth whenever the original analog master is at hand. Alternatively, if the original recording is on 24/96, the 32/96 may eventually be used to maintain the integrity of the sonority particular to that recording. With this flexibility, First Impression Music believes that preeminent sound is only achievable when the chemistry of the recording, mastering, glass-stamper making, replication, and quality control is right. As always, listening is believing.

This recording has been mastered by the new Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering process, which creates an unbelievable sound surpassing other formats!

Ah! The maestro work on this immortal classic is here to stand against any challenge from any similar recordings in the past and possibly in the future!

Handel's Messiah is generally considered as a must in one's classical library. There are perhaps over 100 different recordings of this repertoire. This one was chosen for its sheer sonority and performance. Having been previously released by FIM on SACD and XRCD, this recording is now available in Ultra HD CD version.

The benefits of Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering:
• Ambience of Analogue Sound
• Higher Resolution
• Undistorted Dynamics
• The Lowest Noise Floor, allowing even the quietest musical information to be heard more clearly!
• Richer Sound Field
• Master-Tape Quality Sound!!!
• Delivers what musicians originally intended!

• Ultra HD Mastering
• Beautifully packaged
• Playable on ALL CD Players!

Members of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Stockholm Bach Choir
Anders Ohrwall, conductor
Yvonne Kenny, soprano
Paul Esswood, contertenor
Martin Hill, tenor
Magnus Linden, bass

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Part One:
1. Sinfonia (Grave. Allegro Moderato)
2. Comfort ye (Arioso, tenor)
3. Every valley (Air, tenor)
4. And the glory of the Lord (Chorus)
5. Thus saith the Lord (Recitative, bass)
6. But who may abide (Air, countertenor)
7. And He shall purify (Chorus)
8. Behold, a virgin (Recitative, countertenor)
9. O thou that tellest (Air, countertenor & chorus)
10. For, behold (Recitative, bass)
11. The people that walked (Air, Bass)
12. For unto us a Child is born (Chorus)
13. Pifa
14. There were shepherds abiding
15. Glory to God (Chorus)
16. Rejoice greatly (Air, soprano)
17. Then shall the eyes (Recitative, countertenor)
18. He shall feed his flock (Duet, alto & soprano)
19. His yoke is easy (Chorus)
Part Two:
20. Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)
21. He was despised (Air, countertenor)
Part Two: (Continued)
1. Surely, He hath borne (Chorus)
2. And with His stripes (Chorus)
3. All we like sheep (Chorus)
4. All they that see Him (Recitative, tenor)
5. He trusted in God (Chorus)
6. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Recitative, soprano)
7. Behold, and see (Arioso, soprano)
8. He was cut out (Recitative, tenor)
9. But Thou didst not leave (Air, tenor)
10. Lift up your heads (Chorus)
11. Unto which of the angels said (Recitative, tenor)
12. Let all the angels (Chorus)
13. Thou art gone (Air, countertenor)
14. The Lord gave the word (Chorus)
15. How beautiful (Air, soprano)
16. Why do the nations (Air, bass)
17. Let us break their bonds (Chorus)
18. He that dwelleth (Recitative, tenor)
19. Thou shalt break them (Air, tenor)
20. Hallelujah (Chorus)
Part Three:
21. I know that my Redeemer liveth (Air, soprano)
22. Since byman came death (Chorus)
23. Behold, I tell you a mystery (Recitative, bass)
24. The trumpet shall sound (Air, bass)
25. Then shall be brought (Recitative, countertenor)
26. Worthy is the Lamb (Chorus)
27. Amen

Recorded live at the Adolf Fredriks Church in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 13 & 14, 1982.

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