Second (and last this year) concert of Gardiner Schumann cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. The initial programmed Schumann piano concerto was dropped long time ago as Maria Joao Pires is retiring. Replacement was a Mozart piano concerto by Piotr Anderszewski that didn’t make that much sense in the context of the cycle. However, Anderszewski got the flu and he got replaced by Isabelle Faust playing Schumann own violin concerto, that was much more suited.
What a great concert! Ann Hallenberg is one of the top singers nowadays in the baroque repertoire. She, however, takes also part in some specific romantic opera and concert roles. Berlioz Les nuits d’été is a perfect work for her high mezzo voice and allows her to show characteristics other than her agility: character development and expressiveness. With Gardiner complicity she achieved a top level of beauty with a impressive blending with the orchestral textures.
I got yesterday my new skateboards-based rating system. You should be able to see it above these lines. This was an 8 out of 10 skateboards concert. This late concert started with 3 cantatas by Schütz that are like a primitive version of the full German cantata (hey Bach, hey Telemann). They inherit directly from Monteverdi style but introduce innovations on the orchestra writing. And this was the first strong point of this concert: how Gardiner managed to mix the wonderful Monteverdi Choir with the orchestra as a very close layer.