Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: The Corridors of Power with Ádám Fischer
It was a pity that the cold and snow prevented many people to attend to this wonderful concert from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall.
OAE partners in crime were conductor Ádám Fischer and mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac both in splendid form.
The first half of the concert was devoted to Mozart mixing arias from La Clemenza di Tito in between and after Prague symphony. The symphony was played with extreme accuracy while still taking risks with sharp entrances and layering.
d’Oustrac voice is beautiful and warm. Perhaps the low notes are not so strong and are more talked than sung but on the upper part is pure gold. For these arias she was joined by clarinetist Antony Pay who played equally nicely.
The second part opened with the a delightful scene from Haydn Berenice cantata. Here d’Oustrac was more impressive even, with extreme passion and very communicative.
Closing the concert was the best possible performance of Haydn symphony No.103. Ádám Fischer way of playing Haydn has been evolving during the years, learning from many different trends, summarizing the astro-hungarian tradition and HIP practices in a way that, with a instrument so flexible and splendorous as the OAE, results on extreme beauty, energy and pathos.