16. December 2010 · Comments Off on A New Messiah · Categories: Read Online

“I Know That My Redeemer Liveth starts with a clarinet solo accompanied by a string quartet,” the conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra says in his dressing room at Roy Thomson Hall.

Yep … you read the above correctly. And then there’s this:

For one soprano recitative (And Suddenly There Was With The Angel) Davis has summoned a marimba, harp, celesta, suspended cymbal and cellos playing on the bridge, all to imitate angels beating their wings. And He Trusted in God, a chorus that mockingly calls on God to deliver Christ from his sufferings, will sport snarling trombones. “One of the nastiest numbers I know,” Davis calls it.

The Pifa, a peaceful instrumental interlude in Part I, is scored for woodwinds, particularly oboe d’amore, which the conductor equates with the piffero, a traditional Italian double-reed pipe with pastoral overtones.


I’d love to hear this version!

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