Collegium 1704 – Collegium Vocale 1704 – Václav Luks director – Giulia Semenzato soprano – Benno Schachtner countertenor – Krystian Adam tenor – Matthew Brook bass
Messiah, HWV 56 Georg Friedrich Händel
A tribute to the Resurrection of Christ and the Redemption, the Messiah is one of the finest oratorios ever written. In addition to the melodic exuberance and the profusion of choirs, Handel introduced the dramatic and musical resources of the opera (minus its spectacularising effect) into this genre of oratorio. It is performed by the Czech instrumental and vocal ensemble Collegium 1704, one of the reference points for early music, and it promises to be a thrilling concert.