Norwich Baroque

Programmes Press and Postludes

20-12-2014 Messiah by Candlelight

Messiah by Candlelight -
Conductor - Ashley Grote
Leader - Jim O'Toole
Soloists: Katherine Crompton, Michael Chance, Tom Raskin, Edward Grint

A TRIUMPHANT PERFORMANCE - EDP REVIEW

Flickering candles brought their touch of magic to what has become the popular Christmas performance of Handel's Messiah by the Cathedral Consort accompanied by Jim O'Toole's Norwich Baroque, under the direction of Ashley Grote.

From the very start, tenor Tom Raskin made a great impression with clear, forceful delivery, and the bass Edward Grint went from strength to strength, finally proclaiming victory over death to the sound of Simon Munday's trumpet. Always engaging in her gentler arias, Katherine Crompton brought sincere intensity to I know that my Redeemer Liveth.

The celebrated countertenor, Michael Chance, sang with agility and great concentration. He weighed every word, shaped every phrase, and brought out the meaning of the text with adroitly placed vocal ornamentation.

The eager chorus of 50 was tireless and responsive to the conductor's swift pace. Perhaps more could have been made of Since by man came Death, but, as Robert Howes beat the drums, the conclusion rang out triumphantly.
Christopher Smith, .