Wedow Conducts Handel's Messiah

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gary Thor Wedow conducts Handel’s Messiah, recorded with the New York Philharmonic in 2012.

This celebrated oratorio features soprano Layla Claire, countertenor Tim Mead, tenor Kenneth Tarver, bass Alastair Miles, and New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt.

Program details:

Handel: Messiah
— Gary Thor Wedow, conductor; Layla Claire, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; Kenneth Tarver, tenor; Alastair Miles, bass; New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

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Comments [2]

I really thought WQXR was -ABOVE- being a part of this rubbish: anti religion!

Dec. 19 2013 01:18 PM
Jason from New York

I find it amusing that WQXR has been airing audio segments in its daily programming in-between the music that serve to diminish the role of religiousity/Christ in Christmas Carols.

I just heard an audio segment that carols originated (and I am summarizing) from some form of 12th century royal court tradition where individuals danced a little and sang. As Jeff Spurgeon goes on to say (paraphrasing) "Carols had nothing to do with religion or Christmas ... " Yesterday I heard a clip that undermined the religious origin of Mendelssohn's "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". The audio clip stated that the music was originally composed by Mendelssohn for an advertising jingle and subsequently the words for "Hark the Herald" were written to match the music. Again the narrator emphasized and clearly stated that religion/Christmas had nothing to do with the origins of the song's music.

While some might say that I am being a stickler, these people would be incorrect. As Plato said "Those who tell the story rule society." While the facts I mentioned in the previous paragraph may be true, mentioning only these facts while omitting the truth about the praise that is given to Christ via these forms of music is disingenuous at best. In airing clips where EACH clip conveys an "interesting fact" that "inadvertently" diminishes the religious underpinning of the subject matter song(s) is a calculated choice by WQXR.

I might add that during the recent month of Mozart, WQXR aired similar interesting fact segments that diminished the role of religion (i.e. Christianity) in Mozart's life. Similarly, WQXR significantly reduced the role of Catholicism and its influence on John Taverner's music in the recent obituary that they wrote and displayed on their website. How shameful, calculated and obvious WQXR's agenda is.

It is apparent persons within WQXR (and NPR by extension) would like to eliminate Christ from the public sphere. This is sad because Christ is TRUTH and JOY. His love informs the political and social consciences of close to 2 Billion people throughout the world! When any belief system that is systematically trivialized, misrepresented and (some would argue) vilified by the media then WE ALL, Catholic - Jew - Muslim - and even atheist, are in serious trouble.

I for one will no longer contribute to WQXR until this blatant bias is addressed AND remedied. A public explanation by WQXR posted on this forum would be a good start.

Just something to reflect upon. God Bless you all. Merry Christmas, and may everyone have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Dec. 19 2013 10:24 AM

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