The performance had the combined virtues of being well-rehearsed and dynamic – both Baroque, you could say, and timeless. The chorus stood and sat as one, the soloists also acted as chorus members – a nice touch, this – and the small orchestra (historically correct) played with practiced precision. Holding them all together, Birkeland conducted with a kind of controlled fury, clearly exulting in the music’s unique melodiousness and energy. Read the entire review in Saigon Times.
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