19 Dec 2008
A ‘Messiah’ as Handel Might Have Heard It
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Steve Smith [NY Times, 18 December 2008]
Historically informed performance practice in Baroque music is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the New York Philharmonic. But with each presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” since the orchestra began to plant the work among its December activities a few years ago has come a greater ease and authority in the lean, lithe style familiar from performances and recordings by period-instrument ensembles and groups influenced by them.