Monteverdi Vespers – Oxford Early Music Festival Concert: A Review

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is one of my favourite pieces of music. I am aware that this is deeply ironic as this piece was a trailblazer for what I see as so many questionable developments in western religious music. The Vespers encapsulate the instrumentalisation, theatricalisation, and harmonic-overcomplication that was sweeping through Baroque Europe, along with… Read More Monteverdi Vespers – Oxford Early Music Festival Concert: A Review

Lutheranism and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman

Yesterday, I went to Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Royal Opera House (London). Tim Albery’s version is a great performance. The staging and scene were not over elaborate, but very effective. All the main soloists were very good, especially Adrianne Pieczonka ’s Senta, and the chorus and orchestra were first-rate. For me, it was “excellent”… Read More Lutheranism and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman