Standing ovations for 'Messiah' and Rilling
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Helmuth Rilling, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director and principal conductor, made his Dallas debut this past weekend, leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in four delightful performances of Handel's 'Messiah.' Although the piece is usually associated with Christmas, it was composed as an Easter oratorio, making it even more appropriate for this Easter season.
Joining him on stage was another OBF artist, soprano Robin Johannsen. She will perform at this year's Festival in several performances, including the June 23 opening night concert with Yo-Yo Ma and the six-part concert/lecture Discovery Series.
Thursday night's full house at the Meyerson Symphony Center gave the artists two rousing standing ovations, and area critics were pleased as well. Here are links to some reviews:
Rilling Leads Dallas Symphony Chorus in Superb 'Messiah'
"Rilling got clarity, precision and nuance out of the Dallas choristers, and the great choruses were at times deeply moving, at times exhilarating."
–Olin Chism, Art & Seek
Helmuth Rilling conducts a DSO 'Messiah'
“Rilling had strong and communicative soloists...[his] approach revealed influences from the period-instruments movement: generally lively tempos, dramatic rather than ‘churchly’ manners, limited string vibrato.”
–Scott Cantrell, Dallas News
Purifying Messiah: The Dallas Symphony has a firm grasp on the Handel favorite
"Maestro Helmuth Rilling presents a very clear, precise version...soprano Robin Johannsen has a stage presence that sparkles. Her voice shimmers with agility."
–Sally-Page Stuck, TheaterJones
What Helmuth Rilling Brought to The Dallas Symphony’s 'Messiah'
"Rilling achieved, consistently, a sense of lightness and motion..."
–Wayne Lee Gay, Front Row