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03 Apr 2006

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Hilary Finch at St George's, Hanover Square [Times Online, 3 April 2006]

The London Handel Festival opened with a capacity audience in Handel’s own Hanoverian church. But if that audience was moved on occasion to rise to its feet it was not for the sake of ovation, but rather to provide relief for its backside. It seemed a long, long evening on the pews to wait for the three-act oratorio’s single big number, See the conqu’ring hero comes. Although it rang out from a splendid trio of voices, it had been something of an endurance test to weather Handel at his most formulaic for most of the evening.

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