The English Concert were on impeccable form under Bicket!|
"Harry Bicket lashed his English Concert to fury, but paced the entire performance faultlessly." › View
Elizabeth Watts on BBC Radio 3's In Tune|
The ovations were enormous! NYT review of Alcina|
Handel’s beguiling opera “Alcina” was first presented in London in 1735 in a new 1,400-seat theater at Covent Garden on the site of what is today the Royal Opera House. It was an enormous success for Handel at a time when the fashion for Italian opera was eroding in London.
The Times gives Alcina ****4 stars!|
"The special effects in The English Concert's concert performance, led from the keyboard by Harry Bicket, were purely musical: a sequence of dazzling arias, some with delicious obbligato solos for cello (Joseph Crouch) or violin (Nadja Zwiener); others tinted with the rosy blush of treble recorders; one splattered with the adolescent whoop of natural horns" - by Anna Picard for The Times
**** review in the Guardian of Bach's B Minor Mass at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester!|
"The extraordinary vision of the B Minor Mass was captured so expertly it felt like a portal to the future."
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