Concert Reviews Linked: The “Messiah” Edition, pt. 2

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December
2010

Early music performance reviews of note.

  • London:The Early Opera Company (Christian Curnyn, dir.) at Wigmore Hall.

“The four soloists were balanced by a chorus of eight and a 13-piece period-instrument ensemble with Curnyn directing from harpsichord and organ, but the tiny stage still seemed full to bursting.”

  • Cleveland: Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra (Jeannette Sorrell, dir.).

“The score’s final “Amen” moved from rapt utterance to glorious exultation, like a flower sprouting and blossoming before our ears. It didn’t hurt that the orchestra’s articulate chorus, Apollo’s Singers, can shift gears from buttery smoothness to golden strength at the flick of a vocal cord.”

  • Miami: Seraphic Fire (Patrick Dupre Quigley, dir.) at the Arsht Center.

“The precision, blending of choral sonorities and scrupulous attention to musical values of this choir remain awesome. Quigley’s crisp, freshly scrubbed version was a vivid demonstration of period performance practice at its best without any of the mannerisms that can weight down more indulgent early music performances.”

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