Mr Handel’s Vauxhall Pleasures, my boredom
I reckon that part of the problem with this concert was on my side: I don’t enjoy traditional lectures that are statical, rigid and without live audience engagement. I’d rather read an article about the subject. So if I go to a show I expect a real performance with a brilliant lecturer. Unfortunately this was not the case of this concert. The music was interrupted constantly by bits of information about Handel’s times delivered by Lars Tharp like if he was trying to get an Olivier award nomination: very theatrically and boring.
The music, a mix of own Handel pieces and contemporaries was a bit unbalanced, as it didn’t work as a showcase of “the other composers” neither as a Handel programme.
London Early Opera forces conducted energetically by Bridget Cunningham did their best, but it was a tough tasks to bring something properly enjoyable.