Dunedin Consort & Players
The exceptionally fresh and straightforward Messiah of the Scottish Consort, executed by a reduced choir and a handful of powerful soloists, was awarded several prizes and was highly acclaimed with four stars in The Times, The Guardian and BBC Music Magazine.
Messiah was already a hit in Händel’s days. The first performances of this oratorio drew such full houses that the ladies were requested to refrain from wearing hoop skirts. The work’s success and the many performances of the music resulted in the circulation of a great many versions of the work. There is no single definitive version, for Händel regularly adapted the score for specific productions. Dunedin brings Händel’s Messiah in the socalled ‘Dublin version’. This is the version of the work’s first public performance (Dublin, 1742). Dunedin Consort does not deploy mighty choirs nor does it indulge in solos steeped in pathos, but exactly that purity makes their interpretation so beautiful!
Julia Doyle, soprano | Annie Gill, alto | Clare Wilkinson, alto| Nicholas Mulroy, tenor | Matthew Brook, bass | John Butt, artistic direction