Just over a month on from our latest Handel blockbuster, and we're still trying to catch our breath, such has been the critical acclaim that greeted us upon our return to the UK. Since 2013 our annual operatic foray reveals masterpiece after masterpiece in Handel's vast output, all-star casts (and voices of the future). But more than this, the orchestra prove their pedigree time and time again. This is indeed a golden age for The English Concert. But don't take our word for it, take a look at our reviews.
‘First, the bad news: one will have to wait until April next year to hear The English Concert and conductor Harry Bicket bring another Handel opera to Carnegie Hall. And that is indeed unfortunate, because their Sunday performance of Rinaldo was so wonderful that the pain of its concluding was nearly as acute as the pleasure of its hearing’ – New York Classical Review
‘In fact, one can’t say enough about the splenors of The English Concert under Bicket. At every turn, it seemed, they brought more colors and virtuosity to the music than we have any right to expect, whether in grand solos or the most minor phrase. A few notables among them were Tom Foster on harpsichord (in a spectacular solo that Handel wrote for himself to perform), Tabea Debus on recorder, oboes Katharina Spreckelsen and Hannah McLaughlin, bassoonist Alberto Grazzi, violin leader Nadja Zwiener and violist Alfonso Leal del Ojo.’ – Broadway World