Jerusalem Baroque orchestra.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
To celebrate the Patron Saint of music – Santa Cecilia’s Day, Handel’s Overture
and Purcell’s Ode were performed by the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, conducted
by David Shemer.
The leading role was played by the Collegium Singers.
With their full, rich, well-rounded sound, perfect balance, meticulous
transparency and, above all, impassioned flexibility, they established the
artistic level of the performance.
It was unfair to the soloists to make
them appear in the oversized dimensions of the Henry Crown Hall. Sara Even-
Haim’s lovely soprano, Avital Deri’s appealing warm mezzo-soprano, David
Nortman’s bright though occasionally unsteady tenor and Oded Reich’s sonorous
dark bass-baritone would have sounded better in a smaller, chamber musicsize
hall where their vocal capabilities might have been more obvious.
whole, it was a fairly enjoyable, though not particularly exciting performance.