Sounds of the Solstice: Tenebrae at Wigmore Hall

‘God made Sun and Moon to distinguish the seasons, and day, and night, and we cannot have the fruits of the earth but in their seasons.’  So preached John Donne…

Varied performances from the London Handel Players at the Wigmore Hall

Loss and celebration were the themes embedded in a programme comprising two secular cantatas from J.S. Bach’s Leipzig years, and a single aria attributed to him but now believed to…

A Musical Banquet: Iestyn Davies and Thomas Dunford

Hot off the press in 1610 was A Musicall Banquet furnished with varietie of delicious Ayres, Collected out of the best Authors in English, French, Spanish and Italian – a compilation…

A formidable Dame Patricia Routledge as the formidable Dame Myra Hess

It came as something of a shock to me to discover that Dame Patricia Routledge is now 92 years old. She is much shorter than one imagines, given the massive…

Virtuosic performances by Tenebrae at the Wigmore Hall

Tenebrae has clearly reached that point in its timeline when it could build a roster of virtually unknown pieces and still attract an audience, safe in the knowledge that its…

The Samling Institute 25th Anniversary Showcase at Wigmore Hall

Since its foundation in 1996, The Samling Institute for Young Artists has supported the careers of some 350 singers and musicians.  Its 25th birthday was celebrated at Wigmore Hall by…

Christina Gansch and Malcolm Martineau in Zemlinsky, Berg, and Mahler at Wigmore Hall

Song in particular and vocal music more generally were of great importance to Zemlinsky, Berg, and Mahler. In Zemlinsky’s case, more than half of his songs were composed in a…

Musick’s Monument: Lucy Crowe and Fretwork at Wigmore Hall

Thomas Mace’s Musick’s Monument, or, A remembrance of the best practical musick, both divine and civil, that has ever been known to have been in the world divided into three…

The dashing brilliance and stylish artistry of Jakub Józef Orliński at Wigmore Hall

There is a very good reason why Jakub Józef Orliński is such an audience draw today.  Just a few lines into the first song, Johann Joseph Fux’s ‘Non t’amo per…

Christian Gerharer and friends at Wigmore Hall

This recital looked somewhat ‘epic’ on the page and fulfilled its promise in performance, presenting three major chamber works, each encompassing expressive heights, and nadirs, and unified by the nocturnal…