Jan Dismas Zelenka: Magnificat in D Major
George Frideric Handel: Messiah, Part One and the Hallelujah Chorus
Kristen Watson, Soprano
Deborah Rentz-Moore, Alto
Matthew Anderson, Tenor
Andrew Garland, Bass
Singers from Regional Choruses
Zelenka: Magnificat in D Major
Zelenka is probably one of the greatest composers you have never heard of, yet his music was deeply admired by J. S. Bach. He was a master of intricate polyphony and favored unusual chromaticism and imaginative rhythms, and he was a master of suspended and deceptive cadences. This charming work is as surprising as it is gorgeous.
Handel: Messiah, Part One and the Hallelujah Chorus
The universal appeal of Handel’s Messiah is one of the marvels of the world and a testament to his musical genius. Performed more than any other piece of classical music, it has become as much a communal experience as a musical one.
Handel’s innate dramatic sense allowed him to weave a captivating musical narrative of great scope and significance. His mastery brings a richness and variety of musical textures that has inspired generations with shared feelings of hope, serenity and joy. The architecture and the acoustics of St. Anthony of Padua Church are a perfect match for Handel’s towering musical and emotional achievement.