The Creation reviewed
Our New Worlds season opened on 28 September at Barbican Centre with Haydn’s The Creation, conducted by our new Music Director Laurence Cummings, with singers Mary Bevan, Stuart Jackson, Matthew Brook, Rachel Redmond and Ashley Riches, and featuring video projection by Nina Dunn Studio and video design by Matt Brown.
Photos: Mark Allan/Barbican
‘They endowed Haydn’s Enlightenment-era vision of a sin-free universe with proper grandeur as well as all the tenderness, humour and warmth written into this glorious score … The AAM’s players chipped in with the cute or cumbrous mimicry of fish, flesh and fowl that Haydn gives to flute, horn, clarinet, trombone, and so on. Cummings kept his tempi lively (as did Haydn, it appears) and drew some thrillingly tight and fierce choruses from the choir behind. This Creation glinted and shone in a bracingly clear light.’
***** The Arts Desk
‘Delectable timbres and colours didn’t stop leaping from Cummings’s expert band.’
**** The Times
‘Given [Laurence Cummings’] perfectionist approach, but with attention to meaning and feeling and a deep engagement with 18th-century music, his new role could hardly fail to achieve great success with the AAM and this concert confirmed that expectation. The period instrument orchestra played with precision and brilliance in all departments.’
The next concert in our New Worlds season is The Enchanted Forest, on 27 October in Cambridge and 28 October at Milton Court. Find our more about the season and read an interview with Laurence Cummings.