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Review: Messiah, Barbican Hall, London

ClassicalSource, David Truslove

For this bumper Handel Messiah not a single note was missing; William Christie included every chorus and recitative .... It was luxury to have two sopranos who shared the arias. Emmanuelle de Negri was notably radiant in ‘Rejoice greatly’ and well-suited to ‘Thou art gone up on high’, usually assigned to an alto. Katherine Watson took on ‘How beautiful are the feet’ and created an eloquent partnership with the leader and two continuo-players. But it was her rendition of ‘I know that my redeemer liveth’ that took the palm, wedding glorious tone to musical intelligence. It was breathtaking.

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N.B. 6 Performances: 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 December

Handel's Messiah

Dir. William Christie


Katherine Watson

Emmanuelle de Negri

Tim Mead

Sam Boden

Konstantin Wolff



9th - Baden Baden

11th - Versailles

13th - Paris

15th - Barcelona

17th - Budapest

19th - London

Earlier Event: November 19
Dido & Aeneas
Later Event: December 22
B Minor Mass