Music Monday # 14 – Boston Handel and Haydn Society

Yesterday my husband and I made a day trip to Boston for a performance of Bach’s St. Mathew Passion a Symphony Hall by the Handel and Haydn Society.  It was a lot of time sitting in the car, plus nearly 3 hours of sitting in the original leather seats of the hall, which date back to 1900.  But it was a great performance.  If you want a more in-dept review I will refer you to The Boston Globe.

(personal photo taken prior to part 2 of the concert removed per request of the Handel and Haydn Society — they do not allow photography of any kind within the concert hall.)

Harry Christophers conducting  the St. Matthew Passion -photo: Kyle T. Hemingway, courtesy of Handel and Haydn Society.

The major female soloists were Soprano Gillian Keith and Alto (mezzo-soprano?) Monica Groop.  Before attending the concert my husband had listened to a  John Eliot Gardiner recording of the work.  He made mention of the “Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken vershwunden? ” chorus, and that, in case your German is a little rusty,  translates to something like ” Have Lightening and Thunder vanished in the clouds?”  Now the lead up to this chorus is a duet by the Soprano and Alto soloists.  So while I might have been having intellectual thoughts what was really was going through my mind was

our cat Lightning

as the Soprano soloist


our Thunder

as the Alto soloist.

7 thoughts on “Music Monday # 14 – Boston Handel and Haydn Society

  1. It isn’t considered one of the most perfect pieces of scared choral music (pun intended) for nothing. But the full work is long — and I think back in Bach’s time there was a long sermon between the halves of the music.

  2. Wonderful post. I’m listening for the second time today. The hall you were in sounds lovely. I always love visiting those places and hearing the amazing acoustics.

    Loved the idea of your girls singing the duet!! Lol

    • The foxy looking soprano, with bleached bangs, is a Canadian by the way. My lucky husband started going to Boston’s Symphony Hall for children’s concerts as a toddler. I never got there until just a few years ago, although my husband did take me to hear the BSO at Tanglewood during our engagement. His love of music and nice places is one of the things that keeps our relationship going.

  3. Thank you so much for your kind words about our performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion last weekend at Symphony Hall! It’s always a pleasure to hear our patrons have enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately, we do not allow photography of any kind within the concert hall; and we would very much appreciate it if you could please replace the photo in your blog post with an official photo from H&H. You can find a gallery of images of the concert for press use here: Please credit the photo “Kyle T. Hemingway, courtesy of Handel and Haydn Society.”

    Thank you once again for discussing us on your blog!

    Kyle T. Hemingway
    Creative Services Manager, Handel and Haydn Society

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