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Performer: Iestyn Davies

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LondonIestyn Davies, Carolyn Sampson; Arcangelo

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Iestyn Davies; Carolyn Sampson; Arcangelo
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Messiah: Reimagined at St George’s, Hanover Square... but not too much

Handel’s Messiah is not too re-imagined, thankfully, with an almost Crystal Palace sized choir although not all singing at once!
****1
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Joy, sadness and excitement in Bach's Mass in B minor

An exemplary performance of Bach’s somewhat mysterious Mass in B minor, in Live from London's Spring series. 

****1
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The Academy of Ancient Music reconnects us to a more genuine Messiah

Richard Egarr was able to put together a performance that – full of energy and dynamism – succeeded in bringing forward with great transparency, restraint and delicacy this score’s wonderful musical tapestry. 
****1
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Excellent cast crowns The Royal Opera's Ariodante in concert

It’s the title character who gets the best tunes in Ariodante and Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy ate them up. 
*****
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Political power games in Kosky's Agrippina at Covent Garden

An over-directed, but vivid staging demonstrating political rise and fall in Ancient Rome transported to the present day.
***11
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The power of music: Iestyn Davies in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice

Centuries can envelop a musical masterpiece in a cocoon of misconceptions and false interpretations as much they leave their mark in the form of dirt and grime on a painting’s surface.
*****
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