Handel: Messiah - Watkins Shaw Edition (2CD)

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Edward Polochick

Performers: Jennifer O'Loughlin (soprano), Diana Moore (alto), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Sidney Outlaw (bass), Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphony Chorale, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Edward Polochick

Of all English oratorios Handel’s Messiah has always been the most overwhelmingly popular. It is the least theatrical of his oratorios and the most purely sacred in its choice of subject matter. The vivid choral writing- there are more choruses in Messiah than in any other Handel oratorio- coupled with the expressive density of the solo arias, have ensured its status as one of the greatest choral masterpieces in the Western canon. Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Edward Polochick has attracted international attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. He is the founding Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore since 1987. He is also in his 20th season as Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska. From 1979-1999 he was the Director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 he has been at the Peaboedy Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor.