- George Frideric Handel 1685–1759
Messiah, HWV 56
Live in Concert: Handel's Messiah
Concluding a week of broadcasts from the Temple Winter Festival, David Hill directs the BBC Singers, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and an impressive team of soloists, in the magnificent surroundings one of London's most historic and atmospheric churches. The Norwegian Wind Ensemble is one of the Norway's most distinguished instrumental groups, with a history extending back to the 18th century. Innovative and distinctive programming and a repertoire of music old and new is a notable feature of the ensemble's work. But it has also specialised in arranging 18th-century works for symphonic wind band. Anyone who heard Radio 3's live broadcast, last December, of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in the version created by the NWE will know how convincing, compelling, and virtuosic these performers can be. Tonight the NWE's players turn their attention to Handel's 'Messiah' – the well-loved choral masterpiece given new clothes here in this arrangement accompanied by wind orchestra.
Please note that Mark Stone has replaced the originally advertised David Soar.