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(UK) Opera Today Review: "Les Arts Florissants: Airs sérieux et à boire" by Claire Seymour (24 Dec 2013)

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2014

From a recent Opera Today review article:

William Christie, director; Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano; Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano; Cyril Auvity, high tenor; Marc Mauillon, baritone; Lisandro Abadie, bass. Wigmore Hall, London, Thursday 19th December 2013.

"In this unusual programme of late-seventeenth-century airs de cour, Les Arts Florissants presented a flowing sequence of songs for solo and ensemble voices with chamber accompaniment, the intimacy of the Wigmore Hall neatly mimicking the privacy of the royal chambers of Louis XIV in which the courtly compositions were originally performed. ...


(UK) Florilegium, Wigmore Hall (Opera Today Review by Claire Seymour)

Contributed by admin on Nov 03, 2013
“At the heart of this Wigmore Hall recital were two sacred vocal works for solo countertenor and small instrumental forces, recently recorded by Florilegium and Robin Blaze


(UK) Rare restoration: Handel’s Esther 1720 (Review: Claire Seymour, 3 May 2013)

Contributed by admin on May 12, 2013

Location: Wigmore Hall, London UK

"Composed between 1718 and 1720, Handel’s Esther is sometimes described as the ‘first English Oratorio’, but is in fact a hybrid form, mixing elements of oratorio, masque, pastoral and opera. ...