reviewed by Paula Citron
In Praise of St. Cecilia
Missa Sancrae Caeciliae by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day by Georg Frideric Handel
Conducted by Ivars Taurins
Featuring Nathalie Paulin, soprano, Vicki St. Pierre, mezzo-soprano, Rufus Müller, tenor and Peter Harvey, baritone
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
Composers Jan Dismas Zelenka and Georg Frideric Handel were exact contemporaries. The latest Tafelmusik concert was a happy joining of their works dedicated to St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.
In the best adage that the show must go on, when soprano Sophie Daneman fell ill after the first performance, tenor Rufus Müller sang the soprano solos in Zelenka’s Missa Sancrae Caeciliae, while Tafelmusik Chamber Choir soprano Ariel Harwood-Jones performed in the ensembles. In the case of Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, the excellent soprano Nathalie Paulin stepped in on short notice. None of this sturm und drang was on display as professionals to the core, they gave the audience a wonderful reading of both scores, as did mezzo-soprano Vicki St. Pierre and baritone Peter Harvey.
Ivars Taurins conducted the concert and his impressive Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, along with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the talented soloists followed his every nuance.
It was a joyous and intelligent baroque musicale.