13 Dec 2005
Sir John's passion
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.
[The Guardian, 12 December 2005]
John Eliot Gardiner, one of the world's foremost interpreters of Bach, tells Alan Rusbridger why he embarked on a 'pilgrimage' to record every one of the composer's 200 cantatas
There is a famous painting of Bach by Elias Gottlob Haussmann which graces the front cover of Christoph Wolff's recent biography. Bach is portrayed displaying an extremely complex piece of contrapuntal writing. It is a portrait of a master at the height of his craft - self-confident, even a bit arrogant.