Arcangelo perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the BBC Proms

When Arcangelo performed Handel’s Theodora on the penultimate evening of the 2018 Proms season, I wondered whether a small period-instrument ensemble and singers could surmount the challenges posed by the…

The Complete Songs of Fauré Vol. 4: varied performances highlight vocal diversity

The final instalment of Signum’s four-part Fauré exploration comes, as previously, with the ever-reliable collaborator Malcolm Martineau.  This disc’s two dozen plus songs are shared by a luxury line-up of…

Handel’s London Altos: Iestyn Davies at Kings Place

At Kings Place it’s currently half-portions and double-helpings: to ‘get round’ the 50% capacity restrictions, the answer is simply to perform the concert twice – and Iestyn Davies and the…

Iestyn Davies and Arcangelo, at Wigmore Hall

I have a vague memory of having heard Iestyn Davies sing Handel’s Nine German Arias before at Wigmore Hall, perhaps ten or so years ago … but my review files…

Ariodante in concert’ at the Royal Opera House

Ariodante is surely one of Handel’s most ‘human’ dramas.  It’s not just that the libretto –anonymously adapted from Antonio Salvi’s Ginevra, principessa di Scozia, after Ariosto’s Orlando furioso – involves…