Claus Guth, one of the most interesting and successful German stage directors in the area of theatrical music, has created a unique concept for the staging of Handel’s most famous work.
Winner of the Diapason d'Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award, Spinosi and Ensemble Matheus is internationally acclaimed for its interpretations of early music on authentic period instruments.
Video director Hannes Rossacher, internationally known as one of the leading video directors for rock and pop events (Rolling Stones), has captured this unique performance of the oratorio on film.
“there are some penetrating ideas lurking behind the underlying premise, which in essence orbits around the moral, theological and familial fallout surrounding a suicide...the singing blazes with conviction...Not a Messiah for the faint-hearted but there are rich rewards for the open-mindedly indulgent.”
“The singing is very good (Susan Gritton and [Richard] Croft are particularly fine) and Jean-Christophe Spinosi's conducting is luscious.”
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