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Handel in the Wind - The Messiah and other Masterworks

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£14.99

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Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as ‘visionary and heretical’, ‘outrageous yet compulsive’, ‘wholly irreverent and highly enlightened’, ‘completely wild and deeply imaginative’, with a ‘red-hot wicked sense of humour’ and a ‘break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.’ Founded in 1997, and named after the flame haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given over a thousand concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow December Nights Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Bermuda Festival, and in most European countries, Japan, Australia, and throughout North and Central America. The group has been the subject of hour-long TV profiles for NHK (Japan) and ITV (UK) – the latter for the prestigious South Bank Show, which documented the launch of the Red Hot Baroque Show, an electrifying marriage of old music with the latest light and video technology.

Handel in the Wind - The Messiah and other Masterworks

Reviews

'Red Priest are in an exhilarating class of its own.' BBC Music Magazine, August 2015

'Red Priest albums are always stylish, entertaining and controversial, and this one is no exception.' Early Music Journal, May 2015

“First, the punning title and then the trademark artwork … yes, Red Priest is back. I’ve reviewed a slew of the discs and invariably make the point that behind the arrangements, artwork and zany presentation sits real musical accomplishment. You can only truly successfully take liberties when you’ve mastered your instrument.” Jonathan Woolf, musicweb-international.com

'Red Priest theatrically wear fine costumes and include interesting choreography into what some may see as a stuffy musical genre urgently in need of fun, humour and imagination. They’re vibrant and rhythmical, playing from memory and wandering stages freely. There’s a sense of immediacy to their latest album Handel In The Wind and the occasional moment of exquisite beauty.' AAA Music

'With bright, forward recording to match the playing, it’s well worth adding to any Red Priest collection. If you are not yet a convert, it would be as good a place as any to start.' MusicWeb-International, April 2015