‘Only the best is good enough.
‘Purcell is a composer who, despite his well-deserved stature, is not as often performed as he might be. Ex Cathedra’s concert was, therefore, a joy, comprising as it did of nothing but Purcell’s music; the first half some of his best known sacred works; the second half his most complete and fully realised work for the stage, Dido and Aeneas.
‘There was exquisite, pointed and telling ornamentation from players, soloists and chorus alike. This was a scholarly reading but not one of dry academicism; well shaped from a musical and dramatic perspective, culminating in a beautifully paced and profoundly moving final sequence.’
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