Do-It-Yourself “Messiah”

Joshua Kosman reports: ‘Because it’s December, and because some seasonal habits struggle on even during the age of COVID, there was a little performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at my house last week.

It didn’t go very well.

The tempos were ragged. There was no dynamic nuance at all. Some of the best movements of the oratorio were simply omitted. The singing, to be blunt, was perfectly horrendous.
But I had a wonderful time. Of course, I was the only performer in sight.

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