Reviews 2015

Reviews 2015: (US) Vanguard Seattle Review: "Pacific MusicWorks Gives a Golden Performance of Handel’s “Messiah” (21 December 2015, by Claire Biringer)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"I’m going to come right out and say this: I don’t like Handel. The overly stuffy formal structures and frivolous ornamentation of the high Baroque will never top my list. I find the Messiah static and trite, and Handel’s operas no more exciting than the bassline of Pachelbel’s canon. I’ve only found glimpses of redemption in his output, like the moody D minor Sarabande and brief coloratura passages in Giulio Cesare.

If anyone were to sway my Handelian hatred, it is unsurprising that it would be Pacific MusicWorks, the ...

fabulous early music ensemble directed by Grammy-winning conductor and lutenist Stephen Stubbs. PMW aims to present early music in innovative ways, drawing from the contemporary zeitgeist and traditional performance practice to create wholly new works. Recent performances include a fabulous Monteverdi Vespers earlier this fall and a gritty update of The Magic Flute last spring, in collaboration with University of Washington School of Music. ..."

Visit the Vanguard Seattle website to read the complete review.