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BCS - Concert Review
BCS Next Concert

Concert
Review

7.30pm
Fri 7 & Sat 8 Dec 2012

Bath Abbey

Messiah 2012, © Peter Bradshaw

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

The long and honourable tradition of Messiah, held in the Advent season and the approach of Christmas is an established feature of Bath musical life. This was Will Dawes' first with the group and he brought a dramatic energy and momentum which produced a performance of real quality. In particular, the very brief pauses between the movements created a sense of purposeful direction, without feeling rushed.

...There was a sense of careful integration, a fine balance of sound from the choir, which was intensely satisfying: Since by Man came Death, sung without copies, had exactly the right dynamic contrast, reflectively quiet and bitingly penetrating by turns. And I've seldom heard the final Amen chorus sound better - at the end of a long hard sing.

The quartet of soloists were outstanding. Alexandra Kidgell's clear limpid soprano perfectly judged in I Know that my Redeemer Liveth; alto Christopher Field mellow and warm in He was Despised, perfectly paced with some stylish ornaments; tenor James Oxley, singing without a score, confident but controlled, Every Valley taken con moto; and bass Gareth John in resonant, vibrant voice, especially in the recit, Behold I Tell you a Mystery.

...The Bristol Ensemble provided exactly the kind of orchestral support whose unobtrusive excellence enhanced both chorus and soloists.

...Will Dawes has brought a new dynamic to the choir and it shows the true genius of Messiah. Every time it is performed we hear something new and different. A great prelude to the forthcoming festivities.

Bath Chronicle, 10 December 2012


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