By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 18, 2009

Tenor Matthew Anderson was an inspired Uriel, his firm, appealing voice flooding cavernous Emmanuel Church. His great aria about the creation of man, "Mit Würd' und Hoheit angetan" ("In native worth with honor clad"), was one of the keystones of this performance. Soprano Kendra Colton was a gutsy Gabriel, and like her colleagues she also ranged from the heroic to the lyrical. Her aria about Edenic eagles, merry larks, and nightingales before they became creatures of melancholy was exquisite. Their three voices blended beautifully in Haydn's magical trios, with the magnificent Emmanuel Chorus often chiming in.

The third and final part of The Creation is essentially a long love duet between prelapsarian Eve and Adam. Kristin Watson and Marc McSweeney were the loving couple — he a little stolid, she a little flirtatious. And here, at least, there's a happy ending. Amen!

I was deeply saddened to learn last week of the death of Marylou Speaker Churchill, the BSO's long-time principal second violinist, who retired (too soon) in 2000, at the age of 55, after 30 years with the orchestra. She was an endearing presence. Her broad, welcoming smile, a smile that said she was happy to be doing what she loved, always drew my eye to her, and her warm playing justified that attention. I missed her when she retired. Now I miss her even more.

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