The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

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The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by josé echenique » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:44 pm

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Mexico City was treated to 2 marvelous concerts with Susan Graham, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and sir John Eliot Gardiner yesterday and the day before. They were Beethoven/Berlioz programs, Gardiner specialties. In the first program it was Beethoven´s Leonore II overture, Berlioz´Les Nuits d´Eté and Beethoven´s Fifth symphony, and yesterday it was Beethoven´s Second and Eighth symphonies and 2 arias from La Damnation de Faust.
This was Gardiner´s first ever visit to Mexico and it was highly anticipated, the audience was delighted to have him at the Palace of Fine Arts. The Leonore II was very atmospheric and theatrical, but of course it was Beethoven´s Fifth, with period brass and gut strings that sent the audience to HIP heaven. All of my friends agreed that this was the finest, more revelatory Beethoven performance we have heard in Mexico since Carlos Kleiber and the Vienna Philharmonic visited the country in 1981. Both Fifths were obviously very different, but for different reasons they were equally outstanding, and the playing of the ORR was certainly on the level with the VPO and that is saying something. Gardiner´s was a very "révolutionnaire" and war-like performance, the sonorities only adding to the drama.
Susan Graham had been here before but singing Mahler, we were only too happy to hear her in a composer where she reigns supreme: Berlioz. Her well travelled Nuits d´Eté were indecently gorgeous, perfectly phrased and sung with generous and warm tone. The orchestra too made many wonderful things that only added to the best rendition that we probably will hear in our lives.

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Yesterday we got more Beethoven, the Second symphony was vital and electric, the Eighth fun and superbly well played. Susan Graham returned for 2 arias from La Damnation de Faust that were to die for. The only encore in both concerts was yesterday a reprise of Les Nuits d´Eté last song, we wanted more but that was all that was granted.

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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by josé echenique » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:50 am

And yesterday it was Les Arts Florissants. A gorgeous concert with chamber music and cantatas from the early XVIII Century: Campra, Couperin, Bernier, Clérambault, Le Roux, Monteclair, etc. We only missed Rameau, especially in this anniversary year.
William Christie brought 2 stupendous singers: soprano Elodie Fonnard and baritone Marc Maullion, who not only sang but also acted their cantatas with the grace of ballet dancers.
It was all indecently gorgeous.


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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by josé echenique » Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:19 pm

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Yesterday we were treated to an exquisite performance of Handel´s Radamisto with countertenor Carlos Mena, sopranos Veronica Cangemi, Sarah Champion, Ellen McAteer and bass José Antonio López. It was very well sung by all, but what stood out was the exquisite playing of Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra under Martin Haselböck. Breathtaking string quality! Bravo for Los Angeles!!!

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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by Ted Quanrud » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:52 pm

Hi Pepe --

I had hoped to be at the Gardiner concerts in Mexico City, but health matters interfered. Your review makes me wish I had told my doctor that the new pacemaker could wait, and that two evenings with Sir John, the ORR and the wonderful Susan Graham would probably do my heart more good than anything the medical arts could accomplish. I hope he comes back again soon.

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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by josé echenique » Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:03 pm

Hi Ted, sorry to hear about the peacemaker, hope everything is well now. Yes, both concerts were terrific, superb orchestral playing and heavenly singing from Susan Graham, still in great voice.
For this tour Gardiner chose 3 great mezzos: Ann Hallenberg and Anna Caterina Antonacci who sang in Europe, and closer to us the always lovely Susan Graham, she is THE Berlioz singer of our time.
Next sunday it´s Il Giardino Armonico in case you are feeling better, nice weather in Mexico City too.

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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by lennygoran » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:39 pm

josé echenique wrote: the always lovely Susan Graham, she is THE Berlioz singer of our time.
Jose we heard her live at the Met in Les Troyens a while ago-superb! And what a great opera it is! Regards, Len

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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by josé echenique » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:34 pm

lennygoran wrote:
josé echenique wrote: the always lovely Susan Graham, she is THE Berlioz singer of our time.
Jose we heard her live at the Met in Les Troyens a while ago-superb! And what a great opera it is! Regards, Len

She certainly is Lenny. Happy Thanksgiving to Sue and you.

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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by lennygoran » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:54 pm

josé echenique wrote:

She certainly is Lenny. Happy Thanksgiving to Sue and you.
Jose thanks-I often think of when we met you in nyc at Sapphire! Regards, Len

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Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Post by josé echenique » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:56 am

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Il Giardino Armonico yesterday at Bellas Artes. Exquisite music making, especially an electrifying performance of Vivaldi´s La Follia with Stefano Barneschi and Marco Bianchi at the violins and Paolo Beschi at the cello. Giovanni Antonini was also superb in a Domenico Sarri concerto.

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