I am proud to have played a very small part in the AAM's new edition of Handel's Brockes-Passion. The newly released CD features my artwork on the cover and throughout the accompanying booklet. My thanks to all involved for the inspiration you provided, it was an occasion to exceed all others.
The music, and the research that went into this production deserve to be hugely applauded, I am delighted to see that both public and press seem to agree with me - in its first week the CD reached No.1 in the UK’s Specialist Classical Chart, No.2 in the Overall Classical Chart and is receiving stand-out reviews...
BBC Radio 3
(CD Review (from 2:20:33), with Andrew McGregor and Elin Manahan-Thomas)
“it’s the most astonishing piece… so humane, so dramatic, it really borders on the operatic… this is Handel’s soundworld, and my goodness do we get that from the opening Sinfonia… and the sound – it’s a beautifully made recording… and this is just a beautiful set to hold, to look through - it sets the context perfectly and you seriously get value for money with this entire recording… I’d listen to this again and again, we both love this…”
“superb recording… combines serious musicological and historical scholarship with vibrant musicianship and artistry… represents the best in scholarly, interdisciplinary, performance-related research… The AAM Chorus are in fine voice… AAM’s recording offers a Passion for all times and all places.”
“Please welcome this exciting Brockes-Passion, in such a vibrant and luxurious recording…” (5*)
Presto Classical ‘Album of the Week’:
“this beautifully-presented, painstakingly researched project from the Academy of Ancient Music… uses a new performing edition of the score by oboist and musicologist Leo Duarte (who along with leader Bojan Čičić also contributes some ravishing obbligatos)…”
The Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’:
“In Egarr’s hands, this neglected work is revealed as a lost masterpiece… this tercentenary recording restores it magnificently to the canon… the solo singing is outstanding.”
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