“Messiah” as Opera, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As Handel did, I come from the world of opera and cannot help but look at Messiah as a masterpiece of musical drama.  Handel, at the top of his game and with skills developed over almost a half century in the opera house, wrote this sublime musical drama, though without many three-dimensional characters and very little action. Drama comes from a Greek word meaning action, and Messiah is notoriously lacking in explicit stage action. 

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Alexander Weimann: Handel Organ Concertos

Alexander WeimannMozart wrote, in 1777, a letter to his father: “Die Orgel ist doch in meinen Augen und Ohren der König aller Instrumente” (“The organ, though, is in my eyes and ears the king of all instruments”). From 1300 to 1800, for half a millennium of music history, the organ, alongside its keyboard siblings, has maintained the role of a principal: setting the point of reference and ruler to many parameters of music making, such as pitch,… Read More » »

Breathtaking Texts

Cazzati Regina coeli

Regina caeli laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia:
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis deum, alleluia.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For Him whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia.
He has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

Corradini Spargite flores

Spargite flores, spargite lilia.
Induimini omnes cum sanctis Angelis
vestimentis… Read More » »

Mozart and Mendelssohn

Mozart and Mendelssohn

Mozart and Mendelssohn

When people of exceptional skill develop their ability at a young age, should we put them straight to work? Clearly that was acceptable practice two centuries ago with respect to musical prodigies, and to some extent we still allow it in certain instances, such as fourteen- or fifteen-year-old tennis players, footballers, pop musicians, classical violinists, and pianists. The usual… Read More » »

The 2016-2017 Season Is Just Three Weeks Away!

PBOThe 2016-2017 concert season is just three weeks away. There are three very important events in October alone. You’ll find everything you need to know about these opening events, below, as well as a complete list of everything to come this season.

We kick things off with a chance to have Lunch with Monica Huggett and the Members of the Orchestra on October 13. Come, listen to their stories, and let their passion and personality bring… Read More » »

Exploring the Cornetto and Breathtaking Composers — Part Two

Bruce DickeyThe sonatas on this recording are by three of the most important masters of the instrument in the 17th century. Biagio Marini is, together with Giovanni Battista Fontana, undoubtedly the most innovative composer for the violin in the first half of the Seicento, and his reputation as a violinst was considerable on both sides of the Alps. He held positions in his native Brescia, in Parma, at Saint Mark’s in Venice, as well as Milan,… Read More » »

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