The Academy of Ancient Music present themselves as a modest, unassuming bunch on stage. Professionals who have studied hard and continue to develop their art by immersing themselves in the music and practise they love. Their work often feels like music produced in labaratory conditions. A band to be cherished.
Mimi Doulton’s 2021/Borough New Music appearance today showcased music performance artworks from the past forty years and the soprano’s considerable vocal dexterity. The all unaccompanied vocal programme was introduced by Mimi as ‘an experiment’. But who was it an experiment for?
Symphonic Psalms and Prayers from Tenebrae and the BBC Symphony Orchestra is a beautifully curated selection of choral works by Berstein, Stravinsky and Zemlinsky. The crowning glory is undoubtedly a recording of Schoenberg work Friede auf Erden.
As chamber music concerts go, this was an epic battle. Martha Argerich led the charge on piano dominating during the first half, tamed in the second. If you’re looking for who triumphed it was violinst Janine Jansen. Not that it was a competition, obviously.
Goyescas is a compelling CD from pianist José Menor, a stirring demonstration of love and respect for a composer’s output. Part-research, part-performance. As a whole: a heart-warming labour of love.