Audio Overview: ‘Messiah’ by the Oratorio Modern society at Carnegie Corridor

December 25th, 2013

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

The soprano Kathryn Lewek joined the Oratorio Culture at Carnegie Corridor on Monday night beneath the direction of Kent Tritle.

On Monday evening, the Oratorio Modern society, beneath the path of Kent Tritle, done Handel’s “Messiah” in front of a capability crowd at Carnegie Corridor. The stage was also crammed to ability. The society’s choir has close to 200 singers. The alto section by itself, with fifty nine members, is a lot more than 2 times as big as, say, the whole Choir of Trinity Wall Street, whose “Messiah” I also reviewed this thirty day period.

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A choir that big has its drawbacks. Even in a team as expert and disciplined as this 1, individual associates introduce occasional flaws in intonation. And there is breathy fuzz to the overall sound as the static sounds developed by the friction of air from vocal cords is multiplied. When nearly 200 bodies sit down in unison, it seems like a subway approaching.

But be that as it might, when the complete chorus belted out the phrase “wonderful” in “For unto us a youngster is born” the impact was precisely that. So was the “hallelujah.”

With so numerous properly-loved melodies, performances of “Messiah” usually come to feel like a assortment of set items and “greatest hits,” but Mr. Tritle did a fantastic occupation of maintaining the momentum likely. There were passages with genuine dramatic flow, which includes the sequence of actions starting with the tenor arioso “All they that see him laugh him to scorn,” which evokes a Bach Enthusiasm.

The soloist, Nicolas Phan, sang it with a agency and radiant tenor and considerate determination to the textual content. I found his opening Arioso, “Comfort ye,” fairly mannered and precious, but I appreciated the treatment he evidently introduced to the placement and shape of every single be aware.

I would have liked more of that in Rebecca Ringle’s solos. She instructions a glowing, heat mezzo, but as well usually, it felt as if the sound have been an finish in alone. Her plush voice was like a deep couch that the phrases couldn’t very get up out of.

Communicative verve and thrilling splendor arrived jointly in the soprano Kathryn Lewek. She began “Rejoice tremendously, O daughter of Zion” at exhilarating velocity, then took her time on the words and phrases “He shall speak peace,” lovingly ornamenting the cadence in a way that was equally unique and fully subservient to the audio.

The bass-baritone Dashon Burton sang his solos with authority and charisma. He shown prodigious breath manage in “The trumpet shall seem,” to which the trumpeter Scott McIntosh added a observe of teenage exuberance bordering on surplus. The Oratorio Society’s orchestra may have performed a lot more attentively in some silent passages, but introduced vigor and zest to the jubilant types.

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