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Happy Messiahs and Unhappy Angels

By Stephen Everson  

If there were annual awards for concerts as there are for recordings, one of the leading candidates for last year would have to be the performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Barbican given by the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis (a recording of which has just been issued on LSO Live). Even as I write that, I can feel just how implausible it will sound. Even amongst modern-instrument orchestras, the LSO would not perhaps be the most obvious choice to play baroque music, and it cannot be said that Sir Colin’s choice of tempos has veered towards the…

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