Handel’s Messiah: Staged Version 2013
oly Messiah, indeed! There aren’t many articles in the Entertainment category on my blog, but I’m a fan of classical music and found this unique presentation of “Messiah” by George Frederic Handel hiding in the YouTube database. It’s a stunning revisitation of a masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest composers.
Handel’s “Messiah” (Staged Version), September 30, 2013 at Theater An Der Wien, Vienna, Austria
An excerpt of some of the more well-phrased reviews:
One user had commented that this treatment detracted from Handel’s work on (what seemed) quasi-religious grounds; that it “cheapen[ed] this fine work of sacred art.” In response, a fellow enthusiastic fan of classical music wrote:
If I may politely respond. As one who believes every word, given the source, I still applaud the message and the central theme and characters. The music is outstanding, and while I don’t see them, the orchestra is truly outstanding in its voice. If I were to see this as a Sacred Oratorio instead of a writer’s interpretation I could and likely would join you — as I did at first listening and watching. Once I realized the literary license employed, the central characters and theme and the outstanding performance, I cheered the members of the choir, soloists and the fine stagecraft — and the outstanding orchestra. Please accept my comment with no negatives intended, and I can agree (and do agree) with you if this were meant as the original work. The only part that “bothered” me was the failure of people to stand for the Chorus, *Hallelujah,” (Chorus, at #41 in the work), as the custom! I have sung this as part of a choir and as a member of the choir — as choral literature it is outstanding and it is a favourite. May I politely ask: were/are you viewing/hearing this work as the original scriptural work or as an interpretation of a funeral and the feelings thereof? If the second, I can see from whence you come! Know that many agree with you – but would your feelings be different if you saw this as a literary work of art instead of a “Sacred Oratorio”? I dare say while the music is scriptural to the letter, the message is solely and totally different, and refreshing. I do speak from a USA point of view, so maybe I am one who “does not understand” this. Thank you for allowing me a fairly long explanation. I mean to support you, and at the same time cheer the work.
Among those few offering reservations about the performance:
f ALL of Handel’s Oratorios, I think the Messiah is the MOST DIFFICULT to dramatize.
Successful or not, this is a valiant attempt, and should not be thus discouraged.