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Porpora and Handel in London

Duel: Porpora and Handel in London

by Barry Creasy

Those of us who were lucky enough to hear the live performance of much of the material on this disc as part of the London…



Lagrime di San Pietro @ Barbican Hall, London


Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro of 1594 is a set of madrigali spirituali, which means that the form is technically secular, though the...

Donnerstag aus Licht @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Donnerstag aus Licht (1978-1980) is the fourth opera in Stockhausen’s Licht: Die sieben Tage der Woche cycle, comprising twenty-nine hours of music, though it was...

La Damnation de Faust @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes


  Glorious sunshine in the incomparable gardens, excellent food and company, and a stunning fireworks display to bring the evening to a close, marking the...

The Music of Eric Whitacre @ Royal Festival Hall, London


When the Eric Whitacre show rolls into town, full houses are guaranteed, and Wednesday night was no exception. Some critics dislike Whitacre’s music for being...

Philip Glass – The Bowie Symphonies @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Music history is full of moments where classical and non-classical worlds have overlapped and intersected. Classical music influencing non-classical might be more common, but recent...

Israel in Egypt @ Barbican Milton Court, London


There was a time when Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt was almost as popular as Messiah, but these days, it’s rare to come across a...

Paul Bunyan @ Alexandra Palace Theatre, London


English National Opera’s production of Britten’s first opera Paul Bunyan, directed by Jamie Manton, started life at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2018 and now comes...

BBCSO / Oramo @ Barbican Hall, London


Concerts devoted to all-Russian programmes seem to be on trend at the moment in the capital. Hot on the heels of Vladimir Ashkenazy’s thrilling evening...

Man of La Mancha @ Coliseum, London


It is safe to say that Man of La Mancha is better known in America than Britain. The 1965 musical, with book by Dale Wasserman,...

Breaking the Habit @ Kings Place, London


“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman” Virginia Woolf’s above remark was illustrated well in ‘Breaking the Habit’, Stile Antico’s presentation of vocal works...

BBCSO / Oramo @ Barbican Hall, London


Elgar’s Violin Concerto, a beast of a work, is one of the longest in the standard repertoire. Clocking in at around 50 minutes, it requires...

Venceslao @ St George’s, Hanover Square, London


Opera Settecento, directed by Leo Duarte, has quite a tradition of performing pasticcios at the London Handel Festival, having presented Elpidia (1725) in 2016 and...

Music for a Queen @ King’s College Chapel, London


We forget that, although the establishment of his patron – George, Elector of Hanover – as the British monarch was a considerable inducement for Handel...

Connolly / Huntley / Tritschler / Martineau @ Wigmore Hall, London


As part of the Wigmore’s ongoing Schumann Song Series, this evening’s joyous recital brought together one of the country’s most well-loved singers, Dame Sarah Connolly,...

Billy Budd @ Royal Opera House, London


‘I am an old man…‘ no you’re not, Edward Fairfax Vere, you’re in your forties and you still look about 23 – the wispy chap...

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill @ Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London


The Linbury Theatre is really making its mark this year, and these performances by the stunning Isango Ensemble are not only the ideal works to...

Clare College Cambridge Choir @ St John’s Smith Square, London


If ever there were a case for a Cambridge college having a mixed-gender choir, Clare College’s singers made it bewitchingly in their choral miscellany of...

St John Passion @ St John’s Smith Square, London


The dripping blood our only drink / the bloody flesh our only food: In spite of which we like to think / That we are...

Handel’s Brockes-Passion @ Barbican Hall, London


German poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes wrote Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus, more commonly known today as the Brockes-Passion, in 1712,...

Bostridge / Giorgini @ Wigmore Hall, London


Is it possible to out-Bostridge Ian Bostridge? Apparently, yes, since this performance of Die schöne Müllerin was even more anguished, angry and ‘acted’ than many...