Concert Review Links: Irish Baroque Orchestra and Le Concert d’Astrée
Concert reviews of note.
Dublin, Ireland: Monica Huggett led the Irish Baroque Orchestra in a program of J.S. Bach, Rameau, and Vivaldi.
A lot of the success had to do with the senses, pure and simple. The tang of the 18th-century oboes in the Bach suite, and the energetically earthy chugging of the period bassoon are an especial delight in a city that still hears such sounds all too rarely. And the orchestra’s artistic director, Monica Huggett, drove the Bach with a real sense of relish.
Paris, France: Emmanuelle Haïm had noticeably less success in an Opéra Garnier production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. While the soloists were a mixed bag of goodies, the orchestra left something to be desired.
…Haïm steers her Concert d’Astrée band to exquisite highs and vulgar lows, encouraging her continuo players to rattle around like cutlery in a kitchen drawer during a quake. The aggressive washboard strumming for “Va tacito” was particularly grotesque.