Carolina Baroque shines in season finale
Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2011
By Toni Austin
For the Salisbury Post
Carolina Baroque, known for their outstanding interpretations of Baroque Music, really surpassed themselves last night in their season finale, ‘Handel in Salisbury’.
We were transported back to 18th century Salisbury, England, in a performance which would have made the great master proud. An all-Handel concert was performed on instruments he would have recognized, in the acoustically superb setting of St. John’s Chapel in Salisbury. The group’s absolute technical mastery and deep artistic understanding, underscored by their obvious personal joy in performing together, resulted in an outstanding musical experience.
A great variety of moods was set by this group of seven performers in various combinations, designed to showcase each member’s virtuosity and the perfect balance achieved between them.
The last piece, “Let the bright Seraphim” from the oratorio “Samson,” started with a delightful dialogue between soprano Teresa Radomski and the recorder of Dale Higbee, and ended with a rousing finale, thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
We look forward to hearing more glorious music from Carolina Baroque next season.