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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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