The non-Messiah programme on offer this week to Sunday is by French composer Marc-Antonie Charpentier (1643-1704). The first half of the evening belongs to a setting of the Nativity story. The second half showcases a Mass setting for eight voices (divided into two choirs) and split orchestra.
I’ll let the Guardian tell the full story, below. From my perspective, this episode is like seeing someone wading into a river, declaring that it needs to stop flowing so he can get across without getting wet.
DIY home renovations have probably reinforced the amateur-equals-bad association. But anyone even remotely adept at diagnosing and fixing wiring can, through a series of tests and apprenticeships, become a licensed electrician and go on to get more work than he or she can handle. The same holds true for plumbers, welders, carpenters and all the other trades.
Two years ago, at the ripe age of 28, Plewniak was beginning to tire of the freelance musician’s life, criss-crossing Europe with different period-performance ensembles. So he created his own: Il giardino d’amore (the garden of love).
A lot of people talk about how lucky we are to have a boutique orchestra devoted to the performance of contemporary work. And we are. The problem is, Esprit Orchestra only produces four concert per season and, by those numbers, there is a lot riding on every show...