A Cadogan Hall thinned-down Messiah of bright hope from VOCES8, ECO, and high-profile soloists

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah HWV 56 (shortened version): Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Andrew Staples (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), VOCES8, English Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas Kraemer (director / harpsichord). Cadogan Hall, London, 11.12.2020. Streamed via Live from London Christmas (click here). (CC)

VOCES8’s Messiah at Cadogan Hall

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Teatro Comunale di Bologna’s Cav & Pag provides the shot of versimo we surely need

ItalyItaly Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna / Frédéric Chaslin (conductor). Originally livestreamed (9.2.2020) on OperaStreaming by Edunova. This was reviewed on YouTube and it is available via SoundCloud. (CC)

Cavalleria rusticana (c) Rocco Casaluci

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The Tallis Scholars are at the top of their game gifting us some true glories of the polyphonic age

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London Christmas – The Tallis Scholars: The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips (conductor). VOCES8 Centre, London, 12.12.2020. (CC)

Peter Phillips (conductor) and The Tallis Scholars (c) Libby Percival

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Beautifully rhythmically sprung and full of life singing from Apollo5 Live from London at Christmas

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London Christmas – The Crimson Sun: Apollo5 (Penelope Appleyard [soprano], Clare Stewart [mezzo-soprano], Josh Cooter, Oli Marin-Smith [tenors], Greg Link [bass]). Livestreamed from VOCES8 Centre, London, 6.12.2020. (CC)

Apollo5 at VOCES8 Centre (c) Libby Percival

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Fascinating new Modena staging of Massenet’s Werther involves intelligent use of technology

ItalyItaly Massenet, Werther: Soloists, Scuola voci bianche del Teatro Communale di Modena, Orchestra Filarmonica dell’Opera Italiana Bruno Bartoletti / Francesco Pasqualetti (conductor). Livestreamed from Teatro Communale Luciano Pavarotti, Modena, via operastreaming.com (click here) by Edunova on 4.12.2020. (CC)

Teatro Communale Luciano Pavarotti’s Werther (c) Rolando Paolo Guerzoni

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VOCES8 and The Aeolians of Oakwood University celebrate the festive season in very different ways

Roderick Williams (baritone) & VOCES8 (c) Libby Percival/LFL

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London Christmas – Solstice: VOCES8 (with Roderick Williams, baritone) and The Aeolians of Oakwood University directed by Jason Max Ferdinand. VOCES8 Centre, London, and Oakwood University Church (Seventh Day Adventist), Huntsville, Alabama, USA, livestreamed on 5.12.2020. (CC)

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A service for Advent with carols from St John’s College, Cambridge, surely brought great solace to many

United KingdomUnited Kingdom A service for Advent with carols: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha (Director of Music). Chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge, 29.11.2020 (reviewed from BBC Radio 3 broadcast). (CC)

The Choir at a previous service for Advent with carols © Nic Marchant

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