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We opened our 2013-2014 Southbank Centre season with conductor William Christie and soprano Sandrine Piau (pictured) back on 30 September. Here’s what you and the papers had to say…
“The Royal Festival Hall is far from an intimate venue, though in the da Capo Piau managed to make it feel like one; her liberal – but never ostentatious – ornamentation together with the intensity of emotion conveyed was breathtaking”.
Sam Wigglesworth – Bachtrack
“…elegant and daring; and the Music for the Royal Fireworks, overheated almost to the point of conflagration”. (4 stars)
Hilary Finch – The Times
“Christie’s Handel, as always, was nuanced, thrilling and full of surprises. The G Minor Concerto Grosso, Op.6, No.6, sounded austere and darkly troubling”. (4 stars)
Tim Ashley – The Guardian
“After the fizzing Overture of Castor et Pollux, with burbling interludes from the oboes and bassoons, there followed the trio of ‘Airs pour les Athlètes’ – the first muscular, the second more sprightly, whilst in the minor-key third, the contrasting middle section in the major allowed-in a sudden flood of sunshine”.
Curtis Rogers – Classical Source
“There were evocations of dusky twilight, twittering birdsong from soft-toned Baroque flutes, and frisky jingling percussion for the exotic dances. After the interval came Handel, so massively assertive in comparison, with all the edges clean and clear.” (5 stars)
Ivan Hewitt – The Telegraph
“Another great OAE concert tonight!
Rameau was a pleasant surprise. But as for Handel – meh. Rather too jingoistic for my taste: most of the pieces felt as thought they could have been backing music for the UKIP conference.”
kate finnigan @K_Finnigan
Enchanting evening with @theoae, Sandrine Piau and @sophielwilson #baroqueoclock
Adam Biały @BlancVerse
Brilliant start to the week with Handel and Rameau performed wonderfully by @theoae tonight!