Mar 28, 2013

A Handel Celebration with Tafelmusik Chamber Choir

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Toronto, Canada, March 28, 2013 … The music of George Frideric Handel has been at the core of Tafelmusik’s repertoire for more than three decades, and the ensemble’s live and recorded performances have earned them recognition around the world, so it’s fitting that an entire concert programme should be devoted to celebrating the brilliance of Handel’s music.  On May 1 to 5 at Trinity-St. Paul’s and May 7 at George Weston Recital Hall, Choir Director Ivars Taurins directs Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir and guest soloists Sophie Daneman, soprano, and Rufus Müller, tenor, in A Handel Celebration
Taurins has selected airs and choruses from the composer’s English-language dramatic works, including Solomon, Deborah, Samson, Alexander Balus, Judas Maccabeus, Theodora, Esther, Acis & Galatea, Semele, and Hercules. Remarking on Handel’s genius as a choral composer Taurins says, “His uncanny sense of dramatic pacing, and his ability to convey human emotions and psychological struggles in music, gleaned through years of writing for the opera theatre, are evident everywhere.” 
Joining Tafelmusik for these performances are the English soprano Sophie Daneman, “whose voice [has] an unusual vigour in its sweetness …” (, and the New York-based tenor Rufus Müller, who has garnered praise for his “colorful and dynamic performances” ( with Tafelmusik, both in recordings and live concerts. 
Tafelmusik and Ivars Taurins were most recently singled out in a review of their recent recording of another of Handel’s masterpieces, Messiah. Gramophone Magazine declared, “… one instantly knows that this is going to be a finely played and sensitively directed performance … Fugal dialogues between choir sections are comfortably conversational, with impeccably delicate phrasing that always corresponds to the finesse of the orchestra … time and again I was impressed by exquisitely shaded string-playing …”