Howarth’s Gluck “polished, unfailingly stylish and elegant” – Opera Today

Critical acclaim for conductor Robert Howarth’s interpretation of Gluck La Corona with Bampton Classical Opera : “From the harpsichord, Robert Howarth led the fourteen-strong CHROMA in a polished performance which made the most of Gluck’s diverse characterisation… the playing was unfailingly stylish and elegant, and the tempi well-judged.” Opera Today. The performance from St John’s Smith Square, London is available online until June 25.

Kraemer – “one of the most authoritative Handelians”

Nicholas Kraemer - conductor

Conductor “[Nicholas] Kraemer has a special feel for Handel, making him one of the most authoritative Handelians in today’s early-music world... The stylish and trusty hand of principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer was evident in the symmetry of the programming as well as in the invigorating musical results… No texture was under-articulated, no dance movement under-characterized.” Chicago Classical Review of Plus Fours! Handel, Telemann, Locatelli, Vivaldi with Music of the Baroque. The concert is available to view on demand until June 12.  

Bradley Smith sings St John Passion Evangelist on Idagio Global Concert Hall

Bradley Smith, tenor

Tenor Bradley Smith sings Evangelist in the St John Passion with Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore streaming on the Idagio Global Concert Hall platform from May 9 to June 6. Filmed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham the event is a liturgical reconstruction which includes congregational hymns, Alec Roth Verlass uns nicht and Handl Ecce quomodo moritur justus.

Kraemer back in Chicago

Nicholas Kraemer, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, directs a programme of Bach Brandenburg Concertos from Harris Theatre, Chicago which is available on demand from April 29. From May 9 their concert of Handel, Locatelli, Vivaldi & Telemann will also be online.

Steven Devine live stream with the AAM

Steve Devine, director and harpsichord, joins members of the Academy of Ancient Music, Bojan Čičić, violin and mezzo Helen Charlston for a programme of Strozzi, Monteverdi and Dario Castello. The event will be live-streamed on April 14 from West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge at 19:30 BST and is available for 48 hours afterwards. Full details here.

A Bach-free good Friday from the Wigmore for Boden

Tenor Samuel Boden replaces a cancelled Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion in Rotterdam by joining viol consort Fretwork in a Bach-free event on Good Friday with Johan Sebastiani (1622-1683) St Matthew Passion from Wigmore Hall. Available online at from 15:00 BST on April 2 for 90 days.

CPM tenors in Oxford Virtual Easter Festival

Tenors Guy Cutting and Bradley Smith appear in the Oxford Bach Soloists Virtual Easter Festival conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies. Filmed in stunning Oxford venues Bradley and Guy share the tenor arias in the St John Passion with Guy also singing tenor solos in the Bach Cantata Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret BWV31.  Thomas Guthrie has directed a socially-distanced but compelling and atmospheric celebration of Bach’s works. Available online from April 2 until April 30.

Bethany Horak-Hallett in St John Passion film

Bethany Horak-Hallett mezzo soprano

Mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett features in film director Grant Gee’s realisation of the St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Mark Padmore is music director as well as singing Evangelist and the film will premiere on OAE Player on April 2 at 19:00 GMT.

… this one was ectoplasmic – Bachtrack

Still available online is Dietrich Henschel’s performance of Winterreise with Sholto Kynoch as part of the 2021 Oxford Leader Festival: “… a performance of powerful interiority… I prefer a Winterreise that’s been wrenched from the singer’s body and this one was ectoplasmic.” Backtrack; “Henschel is rightly regarded as one of Germany’s finest lied interpreters, now almost a veteran performer, and his singing of Schubert’s great cycle was notable for its almost numbed anticipation of the gruelling winter journey to come…such is his artistry, the eloquence of his delivery of the text could hardly fail to move in his partnership with Kynoch.” The Times; “Dietrich Henschel gave us a Winterreise that offered no quarter from the musical storm. Back in 2012 Henschel released a pretty definitive recording of Schubert’s cycle on disc. Nearly a decade on and his wanderer is bleaker still: maddened to the point of hallucination, fury, suicide.” The Spectator