07 Jan 2009
Mark Padmore, Julius Drake and friends, Wigmore Hall, London
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 7 January 2009]
The Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn anniversaries are upon us, but the echo of the Vaughan Williams year - 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of his death - continues to reverberate. Tuesday’s recital demonstrated what rich seams lie beneath the popular surface of Vaughan Williams’s art: this is what musical anniversaries should be about. It was the latest in a series devised by the pianist Julius Drake, whose programme-making skills and wide-ranging friendships have made him a pivotal figure in London’s busy recital scene.