Handel and Haydn Society assembled both a must-hear program and an extraordinary cast of singers.
Handel & Haydn Society
Handel & Haydn Society’s Haydn and Mozart is about as good as it gets; Martyn Brabbins’ recording of A Sea Symphony is one of the year’s best releases; and for elegance and technical command, you can’t go wrong with Tilson Thomas and his San Francisco Symphony.
I was excited, moved, impressed, and surprised by Handel & Haydn Society’s performance of The Messiah under the exacting baton of Bernard Labadie.
There’s so much going on in the area that’s good that it’s a challenge to go wrong.
A thoroughly charismatic Fairy Queen from start to finish, well-prepared, fulgently delivered, and received by a packed house with well-earned warmth.
Two Mahler symphonies, one sluggish the other intense, while symphonies composed by Louise Farrenc, Mozart, and Haydn are done right.
Working within the forms perfected by Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven early compositions managed to say some things that remain compelling to hear.
Of course, it’s a tricky business to summarize a classical music scene as busy and wide as Boston’s.
The greatest obstacle H&H faces in building new audiences, though, is far more insidious than too many period ensembles in town: it has to do with time.