Demanding ‘Messiah’ sung with ability and confidence

The Canberra Choral Society Massed Choir and Orchestra performing “Messiah”. Photograph: Peter Hislop.

Music / “Messiah”, Canberra Choral Society Massed Choir and Orchestra, Music by George Frideric Handel, performed by Dr Graeme Morton. At Llewellyn Corridor December 3. Reviewed by LEN POWER.

COMPOSED in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, “Messiah” was first carried out in Dublin, Eire, in 1742. Since then it has turn out to be one of many best-known and most often carried out choral works on the planet.

George Frideric Handel.

In three components, the primary considerations itself with the prediction by the “Previous Testomony” prophets of the Messiah’s coming and the virgin beginning. 

The second covers the annunciation, Christ’s ardour, his dying, resurrection and ascension, the primary spreading of the Gospel by means of the world and culminates in God’s glory with the well-known “Hallelujah” refrain. 

Within the third half, there may be the promise of redemption, a prediction of the Day of Judgement, the ultimate victory over sin and dying and the acclamation of Christ.

The Canberra Choral Society Massed Choir and Orchestra plus 4 soloists below the baton of conductor, Dr Graeme Morton produced a memorable night of effective music.

The orchestra started with “Sinfony”, performed with assurance and ability, and this effective stage of efficiency continued all through the live performance. Its delicate taking part in of the pastoral “Pifa” was notably notable.

The 4 soloists – Susannah Lawergren, soprano; Stephanie Dillon, contralto; Andrew Goodwin, tenor, and Andrew Fysh, bass, sang with accuracy and heat.

Lawergren’s solos in “The Annunciation of the Shepherds” and “Christ’s Therapeutic and Redemption” have been memorably sung, particularly “Rejoice Vastly, O daughter of Zion”.

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“Messiah” conductor Graeme Morton. Photograph: Peter Hislop.

Dilllon’s solo, “He was Despised and Rejected” and her duet within the third half with Goodwin, “O Demise The place is Thy Sting”, have been notably memorable.

Goodwin gave “Ev’ry Valley Shall be Exalted” a effective efficiency early within the night. His stunning tenor voice and effective diction introduced out all of the shades of that means within the phrases. “Thy Rebuke Hath Damaged His Coronary heart” within the second half was sung with nice sensitivity.

Fysh, together with his first solo “Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts”, proved to be in effective voice and his breath management was glorious in “Why do the Nations so Furiously Rage Collectively?” and “The Trumpet shall Sound” (with nice trumpet work by Brendan Tasker) was additionally particularly nicely sung.

The massive refrain sang the demanding music with ability and confidence all through. Highlights have been “For Unto us a Youngster is Born”, “All we, Like Sheep, Have Gone Astray”, “Since by Man got here Demise”, in addition to an astounding efficiency of “Hallelujah”.

This was an important night of chic music with everybody on the prime of their sport.

“Messiah” soloists directed by Graeme Morton. Photograph: Peter Hislop.