Thursday 14th November 2013 St John’s Smith Square
The City of London Choir (“perhaps our finest amateur singers”, Sunday Telegraph) launches its 50th anniversary season with the trumpets, sparkling choruses and irresistible joyfulness of Bach’s Magnificat. The exuberance of Mary’s song of joy is reflected in Bach’s scoring: with a five part choir and the fullest orchestral forces available to him, the composer achieves an astonishing range of colour and mood, and every movement illuminates the text with perfect clarity and conviction. This great paean of praise is paired with another: Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, written among national rejoicing at a great victory in Bavaria led personally by the composer’s patron, George II. Composed on a similarly grand scale, it assured continued popularity for Handel in his lifetime, and received the following breathless contemporary review: “so truly masterly and sublime… that [it proves] this Genius not only inexhaustible, but likewise still rising to a higher Degree of Perfection”.
Hilary Davan Wetton (“one of Britain ‘s finest choral conductors” Daily Mail) conducts the City of London Choir with stellar soloists and outstanding baroque ensemble Music for Awhile (leader: Margaret Faultless).
Julia Doyle: “radiant, intelligent and wholly engaging” (The Guardian); “crystalline fluidity” (Early Music Today)
Robin Blaze: “an extraordinary interpreter… I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a seductive, limpid beauty of tone that has so much emotion behind it” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review)
William Berger: “his tone is beautiful, his technique immaculate” (The Guardian)
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