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SCRUTINY | Messiah Vs. Messiah: TSO Beats Tafelmusik This Year

By Michael Vincent on December 18, 2014

TSO Messiah, Philippe Sly (Photo: Malcolm Cook )

[Originally Published in the Toronto Star]

Like tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa Claus parades and yuletide office parties, George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is, for many, a tradition without which Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir have always delivered the most popular Messiahs in town, but they differ widely.

The TSO presents a new interpretation with a fresh guest conductor every year, whereas Tafelmusik approaches it with a historical eye for detail. The ensemble also sticks with the same conductor, Ivars Taurins, who has been at the helm for more than 30 years…

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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