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.
Early music specialist Robert Howarth directs the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the final concert of their Autumn season. Celebrating with a programme of baroque seasonal works by Handel, JS Bach, Vivaldi and Corelli the concert also features soprano Anna Devin and violinist Alina Ibragimova. The event will be streamed on December 16 at 19:30 GMT and available for 30 days via https://bsolive.com/events/christmas-digital/.
Nicholas Kraemer’s programme of Handel and Vivaldi with Music of the Baroque was hailed by the Chicago press.
“Kraemer’s reading was exact of execution, alive to the spiritual drama. Tempos proved to be on the brisk side, and there was plenty of spring to the rhythms. Kraemer reminded us that period forces are not needed as long as period manners are so faithfully observed. … The most famous of Vivaldi’s three settings of the “Gloria” also came off well under Kraemer’s enlivening direction.” ChicagoTribune 11 November 2010 Full review – With expert leadership and bracing performances
“Kraemer led the orchestra and chorus in a vividly dramatic, richly characterized performance that consistently put across the imagination and audacity of Handel’s music… Kraemer showed a fine hand, bringing expressive poise to the Largo movements, stately poise to the Andante and avoiding the temptation to inflate the closing Hornpipe, keeping it in scale with lightly sprung rhythms.” Chicago Classical Review 8 November 2010