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Collegium 1704 performed Handel’s Messiah as the Easter celebration

Mesias RudolfinumMessiah by G. F.  Handel was performed in March by Collegium 1704 as a magnificent celebration of Easter. Collegium 1704 performed the oratorio Messiah HWV 56 in the sold-out Rudolfinum in Prague on 22 March and in the Annenkirche in Dresden on 28 March.

„The Messiah is an iconic work not only among Handel’s own compositions. For generations of composers and listeners, it has become the archetype of the oratorio genre. Despite its triumphal first performance in Dublin in 1742, the Messiah had to struggle to win over London audiences. Not until 1750 did it become a regular part of the charity concerts for the Foundling Hospital. The humanist message of the work then became the basis of Handel’s quickly spreading, almost mass, fame.“ Václav Luks

Four internationally acknowledged soloists participated on the concert: Marie-Sophie Pollak (soprano), Raffaele Pe (countertenor), Krystian Adam (tenor) and Krešimir Stražanac (bass).

The concert was recorded for the French online TV Culturebox and it is available online till 24 September 2016: http://bit.ly/MessieHaendelVaclavLuks

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