Highlights from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7
Tuesday, 10 am: Handel's Messiah, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: High school counselor Anna Sattler.
Wednesday, 10 am: New Year's Day Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Mozart, from the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd,
Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Mozart's Magic Flute, in a special holiday version.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: An Organist's Yearbook.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Gustavo Dudamel in music of Wagner, Brahms, and Schumann.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Mussorgsky and his circle.
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Music of Schubert and Gerald Barry.
Tuesday, 8 pm: The Mozart Festival (part 1 of 4).
Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Robbinsdale Area Schools All-District Choir.
Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Musicologist David Docter.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Robbinsdale Area Schools All-District Choir.
My thanks to you and to the SPCO for your Messiah broadcast this morning (12/31/13).
Can anyone tell me on which of the three nights this performance was recorded? And did Rufus Mueller remain the tenor for all three nights? We went on the 19th (in good seats), and thought Mr. Mueller the best tenor we had ever heard in this work. But in today's recording, he lacked the commitment to the text, the finesse, the power, and the accurate pitch we had so enjoyed live. Did he have a cold? Was his voice perhaps tired from the first two performances? Is it possible that the Basilica's acoustic, which is notoriously trouble for a chorus, might actually enhance a live soloist's voice to this extent -- whereas a microphone is less forgiving? Puzzling.