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AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA : HANDEL’S ANTHEMS AND FIREWORKS

Conductor Paul Dyer and Baroque oboe soloist Emma Black with the orchestra

As part of their 30th birthday season the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir presented HANDEL’S ANTHEMS AND FIREWORKS .

The first half began with the four coronation anthems Handel wrote for George II and Queen Caroline in 1727 and which have been performed at every coronation since. The Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir gave a stylish, vivacious performance of great aplomb. The most famous anthem, Zadok the Priest, opened with pulsating, throbbing strings and then the thundering choir exuberantly burst in delivering a vibrant, very energetic and thrilling rendition.

My Heart is Inditing, the next anthem we heard , with delicate strings, featured a wonderful quartet of male voices followed by another quartet of sopranos and baritones, then the push and pull of interweaving, melding voices of the full choir in strong , dynamic melodies and cascading voices that at times were like erupting fireworks. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA : HANDEL’S ANTHEMS AND FIREWORKS

AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA PRESENTS HANDEL’S MESSIAH @ CITY RECITAL HALL

In the lead up to Lent and Easter we are very privileged to have the Brandenburg’s glorious performances of Handel’s THE MESSIAH, enthusiastically led and directed by Paul Dyer with the magnificent Brandenburg Choir, four soloists and a striking, very unusual and effective staging by Constantine Cosi.

Handel’s Oratorio on the life of Christ is divided into four ‘scenes’ : Darkness to Light , The Dream , Shame and Mourning, and Ecstatic Light.

THE MESSIAH follows the story of Christ from birth to crucifixion and resurrection, but it also examines Israelite history, exploring the prophets who preceded the Messiah (especially Isaiah) and looks forward to the birth of the Church. There is no single dominant narrative voice and little use is made of quoted speech.

The Orchestra, seated on a slightly raised platform, was in luminous form, and played with a warm, elegant tone on their period instruments – extra horns and drums were incorporated where necessary. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA PRESENTS HANDEL’S MESSIAH @ CITY RECITAL HALL