Great English Opera Heard at Harvard

" is [Handel's] Athalia (1733) that is generally considered to be the first great English Oratorio. The work played at Harvard’s Memorial Church under the vivid direction of Edward Elwyn Jones on Friday evening.

It is hard to imagine better advocates for the piece than Jones and his assembled forces.

...The expert continuo group was comprised of Jones (at the harpsichord), Carrai, Thomas Sheehan (organ and harpsichord), Sally Merriman (bassoon) and Benjamin Rechel, bass.
Credit goes to Jones for programing this rarity, assembling a superb cast, orchestra and chorus and presiding over marvelously detailed execution with a clear sense of architecture."

Michael Beattie, Boston Music Intelligencer
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