When the Fins do it, they do it right: Kasarova’s Helsinki concert with the Helsinki Baroque orchestra (the program is currently touring, including Händelfestspiele Halle alst Sunday and Frauenkriche Dresden this upcoming Saturday) is still available as on online stream for all those who missed the livestream on Wednesday or would like to repeat the experience.
Thank you, Helsinki!
The program includes Kasarova singing the once-Handel-attributed, now recognized as Ferrandini “Pianto di Maria”, a half-hour celebration of Baroque chamber cantata expression. Please let there be tons more and please let Kasarova add them all to her repertory.
Then there’s “Con ali di constanza” from Ariodante and “Verdi prati” from Alcina and some excerpts from Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno.
Also, I once used to be in love with a girl who looked just like the conductor, with the exact same haircut (cut me some slack – it was the 90s…) and just about the same tie. She was straight unless drunk, though. Ah, memories…
And apropos Handel: I’m woefully behind on the press, but this morning, I finally read the interview in the ZEIT 21/12, p.59, with Laurence Cummings on being appointed as the new chief conductor of the Händelfestspiele Göttingen (in Germany alone, we have three – Halle, Göttingen and Karlsruhe), titled “Handel understands me”.
Amongst a great Leda anectode (involving police force protesting a gallery’s window exhibit of a swan and a woman) and expressing his wish to dine with Handel, he describes Handel’s influence like this: “Handel understands me, no matter the situation I’m in. Whether one is dealing with epic drama of the soul or simply sits down for a cup of coffee, he immediately gets to the emotional core, the ‘human spirit’. That’s how he turns people into groupies.”
Well, that, and mezzos with bare shoulders (Malena Ernman just wrapped up a concert version of Idomeneo in Malmö, btw – Sweden, why can’t you stream your stuff like Finland does?):