07 Mar 2006
Discovering a Hidden Trove in a Little-Known Latin World
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 ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 7 March 2006]
If your instrument is the viola da gamba, you are likely to discover composers and works that fell out of the repertory long before there was a standard canon. Jordi Savall has devoted himself to bringing this music back to life, both in his solo gamba recitals and in performances and recordings with his ensembles. On Saturday evening at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Mr. Savall led two of his groups — the robust chamber band, Hespèrion XXI, and the vocal ensemble, La Capella Reial de Catalunya — in a program of Spanish and Latin American Baroque works.