OAE Player: Messiah

Handel: MessiahOrchetstra & Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, Christian Curnynrecorded in St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, released 27 December 2020 This recording of Messiah was made over a couple of days in the lead up to Christmas under London’s just-applied Tier 4 Covid-19 regulations. It was rehearsed and recorded in the sumptuous mid-to-late 19th century Anglo-Catholic … Continue reading OAE Player: Messiah

Sweeter than Roses: Songs by Henry Purcell

Sweeter than Roses Songs by Henry Purcell Anna Dennis, soprano Sounds Baroque, Julian Perkins Resonus Classics RES10235.. 67’33 Henry Purcell is one of the greatest composers of English vocal music, with his ability to tease out the depths of meaning in mere words through his sensitive melodic and harmonic skills. Publisher Henry Playford’s preface to Orpheus … Continue reading Sweeter than Roses: Songs by Henry Purcell

The 2014 Lufthansa Festival – end of an era?

As the 2015 London Festival of Baroque Music approaches, I thought I would re-publish my review of last year’s festival, under the then title of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music. “This year’s Lufthansa Festival (the 30th) marked the end of an era.  It was the last to benefit from the 30-year sponsorship of Lufthansa (and, for … Continue reading The 2014 Lufthansa Festival – end of an era?

Mozart in London

Mozart in London A musical exploration of Mozart’s childhood visit to London, 1764-65 The Mozartists, Ian Page Signum Classics SIGCD534. 2 CDs. 77’36&67’14 The Classical Opera/Mozartists Mozart 250 project has been underway for four years, with a number of successful recordings and events already under their belt. This (rather delayed) review of a double CD set … Continue reading Mozart in London