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Resplendent in his powdered wig and 18th-century garb, Maestro Handel (aka Director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Ivars Taurins) leads Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, a stellar cast of soloists - soprano Suzie LeBlanc, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Locky Chung - and a mass audience choir made up of more than 1000 Tafelmusik fans as they perform Handel's baroque masterpiece. A Toronto tradition beloved by thousands, Tafelmusik's annual Sing-Along Messiah has become a revered family ritual for many Torontonians over the past 25 years. Toronto's largest sing-along event, Tafelmusik's Sing-Along Messiah sells out every year, and participants are genuinely moved by the experience of joining their voices with hundreds of others to make music. BONUSES: The DVD booklet lists the website where enthusiastic DVD audiences can download the sing-along choruses so that they can sing along with Herr Handel at home!
This is not just a community sing-along, it is a happening and one that demonstrates that such events can be done both joyously and efficiently. Taurins, of course, is the glue, and he provides continuity both through his rather pithy introduction, and with sporadic commentary throughout (even a gruff "Go home!" at the end as the credits roll by). If you are in the market for (yet another) period Messiah, this truncated version will probably not be for you. There are other DVDs or discs out there that will serve. But if you wish for some unmitigated fun, you should give this a try. For myself, I shall haul it out every Christmas, and who knows, if you are passing by you might even hear me warble along with crowd.
Run Time: 76 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Letterbox, Color
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
- Performers: Locky Chung (Baritone); Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano); Rufus Muller (Tenor); Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
- Conductor: Ivars Taurins
- Ensemble: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1742