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(US) Opera Today Review: "Mozart’s Ghost finds its Way through Das Labyrinth" (Rebecca Schmid, 6 Oct 2012)
(From a recent Opera Today newsletter item)
“W.A. Mozart, despite a historically antagonistic relationship with his city of birth, retains an omnipresence in Salzburg that emerges in full force with each iteration of the illustrious summer festival…
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London
Performers: Joélle Harvey: soprano, Carolyn Sampson : soprano, Iestyn Davies : counter-tenor, Ed Lyon : tenor, Matthew Rose : bass, Choir of the English Concert, The English Concert, Harry Bicket : conductor
“Bach probably never intended the full Mass in B Minor to be performed, so it is tricky to talk about what forces he meant it to be performed by. ... But performing the work in the Royal Albert Hall is entirely different again, a space far bigger than Bach could ever have conceived of being used for his work. …”
(UK) Local Secrets Guide Review: "Trio Mediaeval Trio meets Trinity in an ethereal Smorgasbord" by By Jane Bower (3 jun 2012)
“Three women’s voices and a trumpet in Trinity College Chapel - my mind had already decided what sound we were in for. But this was Trio Mediaeval and Arve Henriksen - a very different kettle of Gravadlax.
Part of the heart-lifting Festival of the Voice series run by Cambridge Early Music, this was a banquet of Scandinavian fare featuring, like any good spread, the unexpected as well as the traditional. Trio Mediaeval - Sweden's Anna Maria Friman, and Norway's Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Berit Opheim Versto …
“A feast for the eyes, a feast for the ears, a Flute from America’s heartland that goes directly to your heart.
Maybe it’s those three boy sopranos who impeccably deliver the words and tones of Mozart’s three spirits and in their innocence make the hopes of mankind so real. …
(UK) Opera Today Review by Robert Hugill (4 jun 2012): "Handel and the Rival Queens: Lufthansa Baroque Festival"
“Ivan Hewett finds there’s a humanity in the group Concord of Nations's music-making at the Lufthansa Festival and a rich vein of fantasy. …”
(FR) Qobuz.com Review by Pierre-Carl Langlais: "Andrieu Concludes His "Trilogie Jean Gilles" at Saint-Étienne" (17 may 2012)
“May 2nd, Jean-Marc Andrieu led the baroque orchestra “Les Passons” and the chambre choir “Les Éléments” at the Church Saint-Étienne of Toulouse. The group interpreted the “Te Deum” and the “Mass in D” by composer Jean Gilles. …” (translation -- Editor)