Smith: Paradise Lost
John Christopher Smith’s oratorio setting of Milton’s epic, Paradise Lost, is perhaps his finest work, performed here by the Academy of Ancient Music with their brand new edition of the score in association with the London Handel Festival.
Handel’s close friend and amanuensis, Smith was an excellent composer in his own right, and this revival performance with a brilliant cast of soloists promises to shed greater light on this neglected masterpiece. First performed on 29 February 1760, Paradise Lost (with words by Stillingfleet after Milton) was Smith’s greatest success and helped elevate him to the position of artistic director of the Covent Garden Royal Theatre.
AAM’s performances could well be defined as UK premieres in modern times, and feature the majesty of the Huddersfield Choral Society; don’t miss the opening concert of a work which is surely destined for new life and deserved recognition on the concert and operatic stage.