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BCS - Concert Review
BCS Next Concert

Concert
Review

7.30pm
Fri 2 & Sat 3 Dec 2011

Bath Abbey

Messiah 2011, © Peter Bradshaw

Extracts from the Bath Chronicle review of December's Messiah:

A superbly crafted Messiah under the direction of master-craftsman Jeremy Summerly, whose conducting style is spare to the point of emaciation. Not a gesture wasted, yet extraordinarily productive, building on the work done by new conductor Will Dawes.

The architecture was well nigh perfect, from the reassurance of the opening Comfort Ye, building up through The Glory of the Lord, He Shall Purify, and Glory to God to the bouncing lilt of His Yoke is Easy.

Then in part two, the Passion story, and the sledgehammer impact of Surely, the weighty The Lord gave the Word, a brisk Let us Break their Bonds to the thrilling majesty of Hallelujah.

In part three, the biting contrast of Since by Man Came Death to the final Worthy is the Lamb and Amen. The tempi were immaculately judged, the choral sound carefully nuanced and expertly shaded to create the contrasts which make this a work of genius.

The pace and dramatic intensity gradually built up to show the choir at its best, the balance excellent - no fears for the sopranos up in the stratosphere - the ensemble accurate and well integrated.

Above all, this performance had a purposeful unity and a sense of structure as each of the choruses and solos succeeded one another and the drama unfolded. A most memorable Messiah.

Bath Chronicle, 05 December 2011


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