Posts tagged ‘handel’

Heroic Handel

Handel’s Messiah. The Oriana Chorale and Sinfonia conducted by David Mackay, St Christopher’s Cathedral, Saturday, December 18, 2010. Reviewer: Jennifer Gall For many, Christmas is not Christmas without a…

Messiah—conductor’s note

Consider for a moment the situation in which Handel found himself in 1740. His penultimate opera, Imeneo, had lasted only two days at Lincoln’s Inn Fields; and his…

Harnoncourt’s Messiah

Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s new Messiah recording is, above all, a performance that is unencumbered by the massive weight of history. Of all Handel’s oratorios, Messiah is so frequently performed (at so…