Bait & Switch

Larmore_Jennifer_small.png(Photo: Ken Howard)
BY GEORGE LOOMIS [NY Sun, 11 February 2008]
An infrequent New York appearance by the admired mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore was surely the main draw for many in the audience at Zankel Hall last Thursday evening. So the presence of Ensemble Matheus, a dynamic, up-and-coming French period-instrument band making its American debut under its director, the violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, probably came as an unexpected bonus. If the evening had a mild bait-and-switch element, it likely left few complaining.