Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Praise for Messiah

Overheard in the audience: "This is the best performance of Messiah I've heard in 40 years!"

Seen on

Tuesday 8 December 2009: Concert Review: Messiah
Mighty work gets mighty rendition

Last evening in the Dunedin Town Hall, the City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia with four guest soloists presented the full work, with all the magnitude and passion this work deserves.

In his fifth time presenting Messiah in Dunedin, David Burchell conducted from the harpsichord, and the orchestra and choir responded with expressive shaping and shading.

From the audience, I followed from my family's 100-year-old well-worn score, pondering over the freshness in interpretation at each hearing.

This performance featured a lightness and brilliance overall, while never losing substance.

(Extract from the review by Elizabeth Bouman in the Otago Daily Times of 9 December 2009.)

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