Haydn, The Creation, Handel and Haydn Society, H. Christophers (CORO, 2015)
The quality of voices heard varied, with excellent solo contributions here and there, especially from soprano Margaret Rood, heard in pieces by minor composers like James Kent (1700-1776) and Thomas Linley (1756-1778), from the Society's 1823 music publication The Old Colony Collection of Anthems. Tenor Stefan Reed gave a gorgeous rendition of William Byrd's tear-soaked lament on the death of his beloved teacher, Thomas Tallis, ending with the poignant lines, "Tallis is dead, and Music dies." A quartet, led by Rood on soprano, gave an elegant performance of the "Agnus Dei" movement from Byrd's Mass for Four Voices, skilfully layering all those aching suspensions in the "Dona nobis pacem" section.
Anne Midgette, America’s oldest ensemble offers a taste of the new (Washington Post, February 22)
Steve Smith, Handel and Haydn holds a night of festivity and history (Boston Globe, November 24, 2015)