This was a nice Handel programme played with extreme perfection by Arcangelo and very nicely sung by Christopher Purves. We were witnesses of the Purves and director Jonathan Cohen friendship with a lot of effusiveness exhibition on the stage. Purves was also funny marketing their upcoming recording.
Opening the season with a non very known opera by a non very popular here Romanian composer was a risky venture. Probably the most audacious from the London big five (LSO added the Enigma to its only English opening to make it more pleasant to classic audiences). And it went well. Very well. The concert at the Royal Festival Hall was a reprise of the one they did at Enescu Festival in Bucharest earlier this month, just with more rehearsals.
After missing the only-English season opening of the London Symphony Orchestra this was to me the real season opening. This was the courageous programme: a work that has been part of the orchestra glorious tradition and one of its peaks with Colin Davis recording. Two changes from the announced cast: One month ago Florian Boesch was replaced by Gábor Bretz as Brander. Not a big deal as it the shortest role One week ago Gerald Finley was replaced by Christopher Purves.