Stubbs and Cooley in “majestic” ‘Messiah’

Posted on Dec 17, 2016 in Reviews, Stephen Stubbs, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Stubbs and Cooley in “majestic” ‘Messiah’

“Stubbs led a historically informed rendition, devoid of the bloated and vibrato-enhanced practices of the past. Phrasing, dynamics, and musical nuances were clearly crafted…Stubbs led a reduced-size Houston Symphony ensemble, which played cleanly and alertly, adroitly adjusting their speed and volume as directed…Thomas Cooley showed a strong voice that was most expressive in four consecutive numbers in the Second Part, describing Jesus’ suffering, which Cooley conveyed through expert vocalization.”

— Read more at Texas Classical Review.