Handel’s Messiah...Refreshed! - New Album
DCINY breathes new life into the Goossens/Beecham expanded orchestration of Handel’s Messiah with a new recorded version.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, May 11 2019 5:14 PM UTC +00:00.
Over 60 years later, the 1959 Goossens/Beecham Messiah recording remains the only professionally documented iteration of this arrangement on catalog ...until now.
In 1959 the world was introduced to a brand new vibrant version of George Frideric Handel’s most famous oratorio, Messiah. Unlike any other arrangement of the classic work, Sir Thomas Beecham’s 1959 RCA Soria Series recording contained over the top, totally unique reorchestrations by English composer Eugene Goossens. An expanded neo-romantic orchestral version with brass, woodwinds, harp, and the rest of the kitchen sink led to a revolution in the way the Messiah was listened to, spoken of and appreciated by the masses. The album dominated the holiday music charts and continues to be one of the most beloved and listened to Messiah recordings of all time.
About the Album
This new album will be led by DCINY Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jonathan Griffith and recorded at legendary Abbey Road Studios with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestral organization featured on the original 1959 recording. It will feature an international roster of singers and soloists from all over the world, including the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, performing live, together in the same room. Unlike other popular recording methods of today, this new approach aims to capture the excitement, energy, and passion often conveyed to audience members in DCINY's live concert performances.
Visit www.DCINY.org/messiahrecording for more information about the history of this incredible re-orchestration and further details about the anticipated recording.
DCINY intends to carry on Handel’s vision for the Hallelujah Chorus and contribute a portion of sales to The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children (formerly the Foundling Hospital), now known simply as CORAM.
Founded in 2007 by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, with its first public performance in January 2008, DCINY is a leading producer of dynamic musical entertainment in renowned international venues. Over 40,000 musicians representing 45 countries and all 50 states have participated in DCINY productions. Since the inception of the company, DCINY has produced 17 world premieres and more than 200 concerts for over 200,000 audience members.
First class orchestral and choral albums are incredibly expensive to make: a typical budget runs well over $200,000! Despite this, we're setting our Kickstarter goal at a modest $50,000 to help support some of these costs and give you an opportunity to take the ride with us as “investor.” If we exceed that goal, we'll announce some additional goodies as stretch goals.
DCINY will be refreshing this Kickstarter page over time and adding rewards over the course of this campaign. Please check back regularly for new rewards, continual project updates and more!
The recording will take place on Monday, July 29th through August 1st at Abbey Road Studios with rehearsals taking place from July 26th - 28th in London.
Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Distinguished Concerts International New York celebrates the Ninth Annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, the Beecham/Goossens 1959 re-orchestration for full symphony orchestra.
Currently, the goal for digital album release is slated for December 2019 on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more with a physical mastering and manufacturing album release scheduled for Spring 2020. The final product will be available for purchase wherever music is sold.
Risks and challenges
DCINY is thrilled to embark on new musical adventures with this exciting project. As we enjoy collaborations with our live performances, we have gathered team of true professionals to assure a strong path forward of creation and production. As our good friend Composer/Conductor Christopher Tin stated in his historic kickstarter, “one way or the other, this album will be made. However, this time you get to be part of the entire journey.” We will record the album in London in 2019, and we'll send you updates and previews the whole week. And if unforeseen circumstances mean that we have to delay the release date, we promise to be forthright with the latest developments and plans for working through those circumstances.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter