Concert Reviews Linked: Handel and Haydn Society, Les Talens Lyriques, and Dallas Bach Society

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December
2010

Early music performance reviews of note.

Boston: The Handel and Haydn Society presented a seasonal concert of J.S. Bach and contemporaries.

“Oboists Stephen Hammer, Kathleen Staten, and Owen Watkins played with elegant lyricism, especially in the dance-like third movement. Here and throughout the evening, [John] Finney conducted crisply, with a keen understanding of the Baroque style.”

Versailles: Christophe Rousset directed Les Talens Lyriques and the Chamber Choir of Namur in the modern premiere of Lully’s tragédie lyrique Bellérophon.

“The opera is clearly both dramatic and tuneful, and the cast highly talented, particularly the high tenor Cyril Auvity in the title role and the soprano Céline Scheen. The opera has been brought back by Christophe Rousset, a champion of the composer, and his ensemble Les Talens Lyriques. A special mention must be made of the percussionist Marie-Ange Petit, something of a star in early music circles, who added colour to the music with some instruments it would be hard to name.”

Dallas: The Dallas Bach Society gave their annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

“…the 24-voice chorus was admirably balanced and blended, with diction so clear that, for once, printed texts weren’t missed. The 19-piece period-instruments orchestra was lithe and limber, and even the formidably difficult valveless baroque trumpets were managed with utter security.”

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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