RTÉ PHILHARMONIC CHOIR, RTÉ NSO/GERHARD MARKSON
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.