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Performer: Richard Egarr

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Prom 55: uneven soloists in Handel's Jephtha

Allan Clayton and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Poor diction and lack of heft from some principals mar the composer's last great oratorio. 
***11
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Reservoir Dogs: EIF's Bach's series goes out with a bang

The Dunedin Consort in rehearsal © Ryan Buchanan
Ares, Butt, Egarr and Foster play brilliantly, but they're at their best when there's no orchestra.
****1
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Matrimonial mayhem: Le nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival

Simona Mihai (Countess Almaviva) and Roberto Lorenzi (Figaro) © Clive Barda
Lloyd-Evans' new production of Mozart's classic might be traditional, but there's no lack of astuteness in his direction of his characters. Problems in the pit hinder an otherwise strong musical performance.
****1
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Baroque brilliance brought to life by Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
This concert of Purcell and Handel was as theatrically engaging as anything you'd find in an opera house.
*****
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Stark and grief-stricken: Dido and Aeneas at the Barbican

Caitlin Hulcup and Rowan Pierce © Mark Allan | Barbican
A semi-staged Dido from the Academy of Ancient Music and the speculative funeral music for a queen.
****1
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Saint and Sinner in Cambridge

The Academy of Ancient Music © Marco Borggreve
Richard Egarr conducts a pair of Haydn's London Symphonies and turns soloist in a piano concerto by Dussek.
****1
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