More Concert Reviews Linked: The “Messiah” Edition



More early music performance reviews of note.

  • San Francisco: Joshua Kosman appears disappointed with the Philharmonia Baroque performance.

“…music director Nicholas McGegan and a mostly unimpressive array of vocal soloists conspired to make this a business-as-usual sort of Yuletide. Like a family pulling the same old lights and tree ornaments out of the tattered cardboard box in the garage, the performers provided a “Messiah” that was perfectly lovely – and perfectly dutiful.”

“…St. Thomas [Church on Fifth Avenue] presented a cast of soloists on Tuesday evening that filled out the finest performance this grizzled follower of the work has heard in many years.”

  • Boston: Jeremy Eichler raved about the Handel and Haydn Society’s annual concert.

“Last night in Symphony Hall, a near-capacity crowd turned out for the first of H&H’s three traversals this year. They were given a rousing performance with singing full of shape, color, and yes, freshness.”

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis

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