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"Messiah" by Handel

Messiah that rings
Hagai Hitron

The program notes of the Camerata for this concert, where the orchestra was joined by foreign guests to perform the oratorio "Messiah" by Handel, describes, amongst other things, the career of British soprano Ruby Hughes. In those notes are mentioned and presented the awards she has received and the conductors she has worked with.

I usually look at this list briefly, knowing that even if all is true, I can be disappointed by the actual singing for a thousand and one reasons. This time I read the list after the concert as a kind of affirmation for my admiration. My admiration began in the aria with the collerature "daughters of Zion" that was sung as if with one long breath.but the excellence of one singer is not enough, and it became clear with the British Countertenor James Laing who contributes a soft, confident and stylistic clear voice. I also mention British tenor James Oxley and German bass Markus Flaig as being excellent, though, perhaps, a little less "special" then the other two.

This cast was joined by the Swiss choir "Basler Madrigalisten", who came to Israel as part of the Swiss Culturescapes festival, which is funded by the Swiss public. The choir presented precise singing, with excellence in the male voices. Conductor Avner Biron led the whole group in a relaxed manner and in very good taste, through the endless musical wonders composed by Handel.