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Opera - Simply Baroque Reviewed: Mozart on 12th October

posted 10 Jul 2014, 04:56 by CHS Info   [ updated 14 Oct 2014, 03:43 ]


As the concert progressed, the audience become more and more engrossed, more and more enraptured, more and more taken by the performances on Friday 3rd October.

The Clapham Opera Festival's second production was entitled Simply Baroque but what was simple was only this -  great musicians make great music.

Michael Taylor dazzled the audience with his virtuoso countertenor singing, through a beautiful repertoire that included pieces such as O Solitude (Purcell), Let Fate Shew its Spite (Bononcini), On the Valleys Dark and Cheerless (Handel) and Flow my Tears (Dowland).

 László Rózsa's stunning playing on the recorder - that primary school favourite but most emphatically not, in his hands - wowed the audience, a highlight being his masterful performance of Handel’s Sonata No. 9, Op. 1 in D Minor for Recorder.

Along with some wonderful solos by Lucia Capellaro on cello (Biber’s Passacaglia for violoncello) and Oliver-John Ruthven on harpsichord (Bach’s French Suite No.1 in D Minor for Harpsichord), the audience was treated to a moving ensemble performance.

Rarely have I heard an audience demand an encore with such verve, and they got one, taken straight from the Michael Taylor CD on sale at the performance "To die, to sleep, no more". On sale,as they say, at all good music stores. I got mine.

The next concert is entitled Mozart & His Contemporaries and is on Sunday 12th October at 4pm (Doors open 1515).
Rivalry, friendships and inspiration between artists have shaped the direction of music. 

One of the great periods of music history took place during the lifetime of Wolfgang Mozart, which included his great friend Joseph Haydn, and his suspicious rival but later admiring colleague, Salieri, along with lesser known composers such as Cimarosa. The countertenor Michael Taylor returns for this performance along with Mezzo Soprano Chloe de Backer and Soprano Christina Petrou, accompanied by pianist Philip Voldman. As with friendships and rivalries, there will surely be sparks flying.

Sketch by Jane Pycraft Tritton