Ears Wide Open Online: Messiah

Ears Wide Open Messiah

Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work.

In 2019 The MSO presented a new orchestration of this beloved work, arranged by our previous Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis.

Our selected wine pairing to Messiah is Tarra Warra’s 2016 Nebbiolo. This wine evokes the spirit of Christmas with its aroma of roses, smoked meats and spice, and a palate woven with intricate fruit and lingering tannin structure.

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Did you know – Sir Andrew Davis’ Messiah

In 2010 Sir Andrew Davis premiered his arrangement of Messiah, which includes the introduction of the marimba.

His arrangement of Messiah belongs to a long tradition of reorchestrations and in 2018 was nominated at the Grammy Awards. For the most part, he provides a delicate enhancement, rather like the digital remastering of a classic film; demonstrating great understanding of the original intention.
Sir Andrew says of his arrangement:

“My aim was to keep Handel’s notes, harmonies, and style intact, but to make use of all the colours available from the modern symphony orchestra in order to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements.”


Glossary

Aria: An accompanied, elaborate melody sung (as in an opera) by a single voice.

Dotted rhythms: Rhythms in which long notes alternate with one or more short notes.

Melismatic: A group of notes or tones sung on one syllable in plainsong.

Oratorio: A lengthy choral work usually of a religious nature consisting chiefly of recitatives, arias, and choruses without action or scenery.

Recitative: A rhythmically free vocal style that imitates the natural inflections of speech and that is used for dialogue and narrative in operas and oratorios.

Stile Concitato: An Italian name given by Claudio Monteverdi to a musical style expressing anger and agitation.


Tarra Warra Tasting Notes

Tarra Warra’s 2016 Nebbiolo evokes the spirit of Christmas with its aroma of roses, smoked meats and spice, and a palate woven with intricate fruit and lingering tannin structure.