Makeover for the 'MESSIAH'
[caption id="attachment_2875" align="alignright" width="171" caption="Sven-David Sandstrom"][/caption]Imagine being hired to repaint the Mona Lisa. To rebuild Notre Dame. To rewrite “Huckleberry Finn.”
That’s how Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström felt when the Oregon Bach Festival approached him to compose a new “Messiah,” based on the same text used 2½ centuries ago by George Frideric Handel.
“It’s almost like someone asking you to make a new Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” Sandström said in a telephone interview earlier this month from his home in Sweden.
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