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Acis and Galatea – BachTrack Review

 

David Smythe, BachTrack

‘John Butt directed his tight Baroque band of ten players with infectious dynamism from the harpsichord, taking the opening Sinfonia at a bracing lick.’

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Matthew Passion – BachTrack Review

 

Roy Westbrook, BachTrack

‘Mulroy, probably now the leading Evangelist of his generation, was outstanding… the interpretation has matured, with a freely expressive fervour in his narration, his singing both rapt and rapturous.’

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The Trials of Love – BachTrack Review

★★★★

David Smyth, BachTrack

‘Anna Dennis’ full rich soprano filled the church with dramatic emotion…’

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Messiah – BachTrack Review

★★★★★

Benjamin Poore, BachTrack

‘Gutsy and vibrant… a huge ovation for a thrilling performance that gave this staple a vigorous makeover.’

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Dido’s Ghost – World Premiere at the Barbican – Bachtrack Review

★★★★

David Smythe, Bachtrack

“a dramatic and thrilling work… Purcell’s work is performed as a memory masque, not quite bookended by the new work as the ghosts take over and the operas collide at the end with an extraordinary and unexpected twist”

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Lammermuir Festival – Purcell: Songes & Ayres – BachTrack Review

Linda Holt, Bachtrack

★★★★★

The star of this gentle program of “songes and ayres” was soprano Mhairi Lawson, whose sparkling eyes and winning smile were exceeded in appeal only by a voice of limitless charm and purity.

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Messiah 2014 – Bachtrack Review

David Smythe, Bachtrack

There were too many wonderful moments in this performance to single out. What made this a memorable Messiah were the small forces blending into a big dynamic sound, crystal clear diction and both singers and players simply bursting with infectious energy. As the final Amens with trumpets and timpani faded away, I wondered how different the first performance might have sounded all those years ago in Dublin. The beaming smiles from performers and audience suggested it surely must have come close.

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Acis & Galatea – Bachtrack Review

Alan Coady, Bachtrack

★★★★

‘The brisk Sinfonia suggested an energetic, committed performance. Control of dynamics was literally vital, moments of sudden quiet allowing further urgent build up […] everyone looked delighted to be taking part. When not actively involved the singers and musicians seemed genuinely to be enjoying the contribution of others as much as we were.

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