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April 29, 2014|By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun
I anticipate Arian Khaefi’s administration as aesthetic administrator of the Handel Choir of Baltimore is activity to assignment out aloof fine.
He capped his aboriginal division — the choir’s 79th — with a affairs Sunday afternoon at Second Presbyterian adherent to Rachmaninoff’s a cappella choral masterpiece, “All-Night Vigil,” music able-bodied above the ensemble’s accepted terrain. The after-effects accepted actual respectable.
Khaefi was not absorbed to dawdle. He emphasized drive alike back this abundantly atmospheric assignment was at its best reflective, but alone rarely did things about-face a bit brusque. The conductor’s agog absorption to activating concealment and his accomplished faculty of phrase-sculpting paid assets throughout.
The choir tackled the alarming account confidently. They handled the Russian august argument with credible affluence (I can’t vouch for the accurateness of pronunciation, but it abiding articulate authentic).
A few accentuation block aside, they additionally maintained accuracy and cohesiveness of articulation. And, although alone about 40 strong, the accumulation summoned a acceptable accord of ability as needed, conspicuously in the 12th movement.
The basses would not accept anesthetized aggregation in Russia, area choir can added frequently be begin to accommodate the eerie, impossibly low addendum Rachmianoff wrote, but there was acceptable tonal foundation best of the time.
Above all, Khaefi drew from the singers admirable amore of expression, boilerplate added cautiously than in the fifth and sixth movements, not to acknowledgment the harmonically attractive “Alliluya” refrains in the third.
Guest tenor Brian Gieber delivered his solos with abundant breeding of accent and phrasing.
All in all, the concert addled me as article of an aesthetic anniversary for the Handel Choir.
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