2014 Big Give Christmas Challenge!|
With the clocks set to winter time and as Christmas approaches it’s that time of the year again! Time for The Big Give Christmas Challenge!
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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