28 Sep 2005
Florilegium at Wigmore Hall
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
by George Hall [The Guardian, 28 September 2005]
Bach's cantatas open a window onto the intensity of early 18th-century Lutheran piety. The text of No 199 begins with the image of a heart swimming in blood, then dwells on the anguished guilt of the sinner before he is reconciled to God in the joyful final aria.