Handel: Messiah / Apollo's Fire
Format: CD with DVD
Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo's Fire celebrate the holiday season with a unique release of Handel's Messiah: a 3-disc set including 2 CDs and a DVD, presenting a dramatic approach which explores the work as the theatrical entertainment which Handel intended - an oratorio being a dramatic work, and Handel's bold declaration that Messiah was "A Sacred Oratorio." While the theatrical/spiritual duality caused criticism in Handel's lifetime, Sorrell believes it is one of the key reasons the work continues to speak so directly to modern audiences. The DVD includes footage from rehearsals, concerts and recording sessions, interviews with soloists, principal players and Sorrell. The release will coincide with the orchestra's five sold-out concerts in their home-town of Cleveland.