RTÉ PHIL­HAR­MONIC CHOIR, RTÉ NSO/GER­HARD MARKSON

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC LISTINGS -

NCH, Dublin Fri 8pm ¤9-¤30 01-4170000

Han­del’s Mes­siah was not even 50 years old in 1789 when Mozart ar­ranged it for an aris­to­cratic so­ci­ety with a taste for what was then re­garded as old­fash­ioned or­a­to­rio. The so­ci­ety’s lead­ing light, Baron van Swi­eten, would later carry his pas­sion even fur­ther, by com­mis­sion­ing new works – The Cre­ation and The Sea­sons – from no less a fig­ure than Haydn. Mozart re-scored Mes­siah for late-18th-cen­tury style orches­tra and made var­i­ous other amend­ments, and his ver­sion is sched­uled for mul­ti­ple air­ings in this an­niver­sary year. First off the mark is Ger­hard Markson on Fri­day, with the RTÉ Phil­har­monic Choir and the RTÉ NSO on Fri­day, and soloists Ail­ish Ty­nan (so­prano), Brid­get Knowles (mezzo so­prano), Peter Auty (tenor), and Roland Davitt (bari­tone). On Wed­nes­day, also at the NCH, Proinnsías Ó Duinn con­ducts the first of three per­for­mances with Our Lady’s Choral So­ci­ety and the Na­tional Sin­fo­nia. Other, Mozart-free Mes­si­ahs are also on the way. The choir Resurgam teams up with the pe­riod in­stru­ments of the Ir­ish Baroque Orches­tra un­der Mon­ica Huggett in Dublin (Wed­nes­day) and Water­ford (Thurs­day). And the Belfast Phil­har­monic Choir joins forces with the Ul­ster Orches­tra un­der Chris­tian Curnyn in Belfast on Fri­day 15th and Satur­day 16th.

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