Messiah, gone terribly wrong

December 13, 2009

It is the season of the year when every choir in the world plans to perform Handel’s Messiah.  The quality of these performances varies, of course.  It only takes one person to spoil everything.  Listen to this:

[Hat-tip: Unquiet Thoughts]

8 Responses to “Messiah, gone terribly wrong”

  1. Nick Milne Says:

    Oh dear :/

    They should break him with rods of iron, maybe. That’ll learn him.

  2. Janet Says:

    Oh awful. I’m sure that this is what organists’ nightmares are made up of.

    AMDG

  3. cburrell Says:

    Yes, exactly! I have been thinking about which nightmare was realized in this particular case. Was it the cat-on-the-keyboard? The brain-aneurysm? The slanted-bench? The third-arm? It must have been something.

  4. Adam Hincks Says:

    Last week I saw the best Messiah I have ever seen and likely the best I ever will. Best. Messiah. Ever.

  5. cburrell Says:

    You’re a lucky man, Adam. They are an excellent group, and that looks like a good line-up of soloists too. What did you think of David Daniels? Many people consider him the best counter-tenor at the moment, but I’ve not had opportunity to hear him sing.

  6. Adam Hincks Says:

    In my opinion, the weakest of the soloists. He did not seem as warmed-up as he could have been at the beginning, and I thought his diction wasn’t fluid enough. It was a large church and he was able to fully project into it. (I was lucky to be seated near the front, however.) That being said, he did a spot-on job with the “He was Despised” aria: excellent control and good emotion.

  7. Adam Hincks Says:

    Read: “. . . wasn’t able to fully project”.

  8. cburrell Says:

    Yes, power is a common problem with countertenors. It must be something about the way their voice is produced. If it was a big space, he must have been giving it all he had, which could partially account for the poor enunciation of the text. Still, I’d really like to hear him sing one day.


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