St George’s Cathedral will be presenting Handel’s Messiah at the Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday 26 March 2013 at 7.30pm as part of the devotion of Holy Week.
Conducted by the Cathedral’s internationally recognised Organist and Master of Music Joseph Nolan, and featuring the highly-acclaimed St George’s Cathedral Consort, the original Dublin version from 1742 will be reconstructed as closely as possible to the cherished masterpiece’s debut hundreds of years ago.
“Messiah is arguably the most performed oratorio ever for good reason,” Nolan remarked. “It is a timeless story coupled with truly inspired music from beginning to end. This performance features a world-class array of soloists, choir and instrumentalists to allow the work to be performed to its full potential and integrity.”
“Handel's premiere of Messiah at Dublin in 1742 was sung by only a small group of singers . . . , accompanied by a small orchestra,” stated David Vickers, co-editor of The Cambridge Handel Encyclopaedia. “The music they sang was in several respects radically different to the normal average performances we hear today.”
In keeping with this, smaller choral and orchestral forces are to be utilized, with baroque instruments at baroque pitch. The 1742 Dublin version of the score will be strictly adhered to, with no cuts or modifications.
Last year’s performance drew a five-minute standing ovation, with The West Australian declaring that “in the near-perfect acoustical environment of Perth Concert Hall the immaculately trained St George's Cathedral Consort reached for and touched the stars. . . . [Their] singing was a model of vocal discipline, sure intonation and mood evocation. . . . This [performance], with Joseph Nolan presiding over events, will linger in the memory for sheer excellence of presentation. I cannot praise it too highly.”
Joseph Nolan and the Consort first presented the Dublin 1742 Messiah in 2011 at the Cathedral, in association with Festival Baroque Australia, with both performances receiving glowing reviews and standing ovations.
This year, the Cathedral has had the immense good fortune to be able to recruit the same stellar soloists: Soprano Sara Macliver, regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire; Mezzo Fiona Campbell, accomplished international performer, recitalist and recording artist; Tenor Paul McMahon, one of Australia’s finest exponents of baroque and classical period repertoire; and 2010 Helpmann Award winner, Bass Andrew Foote. The baroque orchestra will again be led by genius violinist, Professor Paul Wright of UWA.
Available from Ticketek online here, in person from Ticketek Agencies, or by phone on 132 849. (Group booking discounts are available on 1300 364 001.)
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear WA’s finest musicians all in one place, in a fantastic acoustic, singing arguably the greatest oratorio ever composed.