Handel - Messiah
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Cat No: PRCD2080
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 1st December 2017
ArtistsKerstin Avemo (soprano)
Anna Zander (alto)
Michael Weinius (tenor)
Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (bass)
St Jacobs Kammarkor
We started with an idea to give the Cathedralís colourful chancel organ and cathedral organist Mattias Wager a central role in our performances. One might envision Handel himself leading the choir and orchestra from the organ bench. To match the organís pitch, we chose to tune the instruments of our eminent baroque ensemble to concert pitch 440.
One central ingredient in our continuo group is Karl Nyhlinís baroque lute. Together with the other marvelous players in the band, we have tried to find personal and creative solutions to the performance of the many varied movements of this great work.
The solo violin of Maria Lindal used in several of the arias helps create an intimate and spontaneous communication between instrument and voice. The use of Mats Klingforsí bassoon as both continuo and melody instrument gives several movements a distinctive character.
This performance reflects a cherished collaboration between a group of instrumentalists, four leading Swedish soloists and a cathedral chamber choir. There was an unavoidable sense of responsibility when the Cathedralís Messiah performances fell on our lot, and also of great joy and gratitude in being afforded the opportunity to carry an important tradition forward. Our heart-felt gratitude extends also to Bishop Ňke Bonnier without whose generous support this CD would not have been made.
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