December 8, 1990 |
Handel's most famous oratorio, "Messiah" can be heard hereabouts in a number of settings during this 1990 Christmas season. Some of them offer excerpts only; others are of the sing-along variety; a few are nearly complete. Mix and match according to your own tastes. George Frideric Handel, history tells us, invented the English oratorio.
April 25, 1988 |
Though John Currie and the Los Angeles Master Chorale finished their season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Saturday evening with reduced forces in two Requiems, there was nothing funereal about the occasion. Rather, it was a case of something old, something new and both solidly done. The new--relatively, of course--was John Rutter's edition of Faure's Requiem. This reduces the orchestra largely to organ and low strings, with harp, solo violin, timpani and some winds.
April 2, 1990 |
Listening to the opening chorus of Bach's "Passion According to St. John" Saturday evening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the listener foresaw a neat and tidy, but dynamically restrained and emotionally staid reading of the two-hour work. It seemed that conductor John Currie wanted to downplay the tension generated by those trenchant dissonances that open the work and that adumbrate the painful drama that is to follow.
October 30, 1989 |
What does Gordon Getty have in common with Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster and George Gershwin? Easy. He is an American who wrote some music that the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia performed Saturday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to open their 1989-90 season. And there the similarity ends.
May 12, 1991 |
A surgeon who led a team that removed a 180-pound ovarian cyst from a West Virginia woman says his patient is a lucky woman, but still faces many obstacles to a full recovery. Dr. John L. Currie, director of gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said the 40-year-old woman is progressing nicely in the hospital's intensive care unit, where she was listed in stable condition last week.
January 18, 1988 |
If it's true that inside every fat man is a thin man trying to get out, inside every large chorus may lurk a madrigal group. At any rate, this weekend the Los Angeles Master Chorale shrank to barely more than a tithe of its full complement. "Vive la France!" was the program John Currie and 16 members of the Chorale offered, Friday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach and Saturday at the Japan America Theatre, as part of the Nakamichi Concerts series.
October 15, 1990 |
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis is one of those pieces that was born a monument, more often saluted than performed. Its choral terrors are legend and its interpretive complexities daunting. Sublimity was never easy. Saturday evening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Beethoven's Mass was the inaugural vehicle for John Currie's final season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Inevitably, it took the measure of the man and his chorus, to say nothing of the Sinfonia orchestra and a quartet of soloists.