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The Boston Globe: Vivid Handel and Haydn chorus lifts ‘Hercules’

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When Harry Christophers took over the artistic reins of the Handel and Haydn Society almost a decade ago, he pledged to recommit the group to the music of its namesake composers. No need to search farther afield, the argument went, when there is still plenty of treasure to excavate in one’s own backyard. He might well have had in mind Handel’s remarkably dramatic oratorio “Hercules,” which until this weekend had been left all but untouched by H&H. On Friday night in Symphony Hall, Christophers addressed that absence, leading a performance notable first and foremost for its vibrant choral singing. One…

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