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Handel: 'Handel in the Wind'

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel: 'Handel in the Wind'

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'Handel in the Wind'

Suite from The Messiah. Rinaldo--Lascia ch'io planga. Trio Sonata, Op 2 No 4 HWV388. The Harmonious Blacksmith Variations, HWV430. Largo and Passacaglia in G minor. Zadok the Red Priest. Aria amorosa

Red Priest

Red Priest [F] RP012 (72' * DDD)

'This is a disc that arguably should never have been made.' That's Red Priest themselves writing in the booklet accompanying their latest assault on decorum, in which they reduce Handel's masterpiece to a series of dad jokes, gratuitous virtuoso displays and outrageous anachronisms. The worst part is that it's actually quite brilliant.

Reluctantly taking up cellist Angela East's desire to assemble an instrumental suite from key parts of Messiah, the rest of the band proceeded to abandon any pretence to propriety by including snippets of swing, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jaws and Monty Python's Life of Brian. And this being Extreme Baroque, the playing from all concerned, especially from Piers Adams on a variety of recorders from sopranino to bass, is showy in the extreme (try, for example, 'The Recorder Shall Sound'). …

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