Melbourne Bach Choir Reviews

Verdi Requiem: Melbourne Bach Choir & Zelman Symphony

September 2019

 There were many elements to savour in this rewarding performance. The repeated “Dies irae, dies illa” were sung with all the savage gusto that Verdi’s music inspires, while rhythmic buoyancy was a notable feature of the choral singing as a whole.

Heather Leviston, Classic Melbourne

French Choral Masterpieces

June 2019

The Melbourne Bach Choir’s concert of French choral masterpieces in the Ballarat Central Uniting Church last Sunday added a sensuous touch with the language and harmonies of late 19th and 20th century composers. Under the guidance of conductor Rick Prakoff, the choir gave an impressive performance of works centred on Faure, concluding with his “Requiem”…

The program overall was a perfect balance of sacred and secular choral music. The Melbourne Bach Choir produced a virtuoso performance with excellent shaping of the French and Latin texts. The human musical experience begins with the voice, which remains at the heart of musical expression. This concert shone a light on the elevated possibilities of such expression.
Bronislaw Sozanski, The Courier

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

April 2019

Uncompromising performance of Bach Passion moving and powerful

Once again, director Rick Prakhoff and his double choir with double orchestra have produced a sterling interpretation of the long Bach Passion without compromising in any way the work’s requirements. Of course, this is ground-base territory for the organisation and you’d expect high quality; what made the experience even more welcome was the honest, straight-from-the-shoulder style of attack, without that unsettling fussiness peculiar to ultra-purists.

Alongside the well-disciplined orchestras, led by Madeleine Easton and Zoe Black, both choirs negotiated the complexities of the chorales and choruses with confidence and respectably precise intonation, at their best in those passages where both bodies combine, as in the work’s bookends, in particular the massive sarabande that closes out the Passion – moving and powerful simultaneously.

Clive O’Connell in The Age 21 April, 2019

St Matthew Passion

April 2016

 …The choirs played their part well, with tenderness in the familiar Chorales, and vigorous evocation of the bewildered and angry mob who were such a part of the story. Prakhoff proved himself to be far more than a literate and captivating writer, conducting this lengthy work of nearly three hours with a steady hand and an ear for the nuances of the script … Altogether the concert was a triumph…

Suzanne Yanko for Classic Melbourne

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

March 2016

Melbourne Bach Choir review: St Matthew Passion inspires memorable performances

…Rick Prakhoff conducted a direct, intense reading that avoided the affectations of the ultra-authentic and, while employing a large singing corps, maintained a brisk fluency foregrounding the work’s timeless drama. … the massive framing choruses made a deep impression.

Clive O’Connell in The Age, 28 March 2016

Requiem

September 2015

 … it was an excellent, often thrilling performance. … On the days before the concert, I’d been listening to a recording of the Haydn Requiem … but I have to say the recording was no match for the acoustic and dramatic experience of a live performance – so well done and thanks, Melbourne Bach Choir.

Max McLean, Classic Melbourne