Always in line with the text. Yet again the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and the Freiburger Barockorchester gave excellent performances, with Laurence Cummings drawing out the miraculous colours of this wonderful score with as much sensuality and intensity as possible. Christian Merlin, Le Figaro Added to this is the expert and skilled management with a few additions here and there in the score of Laurence Cummings, a renowned Haendelian who, for the occasion, happily takes over Lyric Talents from Christophe Rousset. Baumgarten has strong allies. Laurence Cummings drives the flexible instrumentalists through bouncy rhythms without curtailing their freedom of phrasing. Laurence Cummings has spent a career with this music, and his affection, understanding and excitement radiates out through the dancing energy of his instrumentalists and the emotional pitch of his singers. In the pit, we are surprised to find the Talens Lyriques without Christophe Rousset.
Sariyah. Age: 22.
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Margaret. Age: 29.
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The Southbank Sinfonia is small — only one player to each string part — but stylish. Nicolas Blanmont, La Libre Belgique The choir, composed for the occasion, displays flamboyant energy, as does the Les Talens Lyriques orchestra, to which Haendel has reserved one of his most sumptuous scores, under the enthusiastic direction of Laurence Cummings. Laurence Cummings has spent a career with this music, and his affection, understanding and excitement radiates out through the dancing energy of his instrumentalists and the emotional pitch of his singers. Philippe Venturini, Les Echos We felt a similar fear for Les Talens Lyriques whose last Haendelian interpretations poured into a precious meticulousness to which we are allergic. George Hall, The Stage the chorus is predictably excellent and Laurence Cummings and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play the music with plenty of zest. This biography is for information only and should not be reproduced.