This Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky recital I linked to earlier is just sublime.
The intimate setting suits it perfectly and the intensely earthy cello tone is a thing of wonder.
There are some short interviews with Argerich - her daughter Annie Dutoit asks the questions. My schoolboy French only let me understand bits of it, as the subs are in Polish or Italian! A key theme I did understand was her desire to be rooted in the present and not looking back all the time ...
L'Arpegiatta at the Barbican were a mix of the sublime and ridiculous.
The ridiculous first. We had audio as the company took to the stage but literally on the first downbeat we lost sound completely! It took a good five minutes before any sound was restored and then it was very low quality for some time. Frustrating much.
The Barbican's web player is horrendous. Fine if you are watching a live stream but hopeless at rewinding or forwarding - you just stick your finger on the timeline and hope for the best. Getting past the intro fluff proved challenging.
The sublime was the immortal music of the Monteverdi Vespers and the performance. This outfit is blessed with such depth of talent in every department. The glorious period instruments speak to you in such a rich and sumptuous manner that you forget they are in the brutalist Barbican as they transport you to the heady world of Renaissance Venice. The voices complement each other perfectly and all strive for such a keen harmony. So many joyous and moving moments to enjoy. Some of the rigorous and demanding technical prowess they need to display in this work is most impressive too. I was utterly transfixed and my interest never waned over the 90 minutes of much needed escape in these difficult times. The generous reception they all received at the end was so richly deserved.
I'm not sure what else you could want from a performance of the Schumann PC.
Beatrice Rana continues to impress me greatly, particularly with her incredibly delicate, deft and tender phrasing in the most intimate moments of the work. Outstanding. A very natural, understated talent with shades of the young Argerich? The audience knew they had seen something special and I'm glad she was welcomed back for an encore - her Liszt gave me goosebumps.
I also have to pay tribute to the keen support from the the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Yannick Nézet-Séguin - they just seem to have perfectly captured that air of restrained nobility and there are numerous fine individual performances from the woodwind - wonderful!