The OAE did a superb job with Das Rheingold in the Proms Ring Cycle of a few years ago. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, they used masses of vibrato.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was originally related to / vaguely descriptive of the period of music they (originally) specialised in - from Vivaldi, Bach to Haydn / Mozart / early Beethoven and to contemporaneous Enlightenment philosophy etc. I suppose the fact they now play music of the un-Enlightenment (Wagner) might be something critics of the idea of HIPP would look at (at the least some 'modern' orchestras could probably point to their own C19 continuities, like the Viennese or the Dresden orchestras).
As we have all forgotten, apparently, that this thread is supposed to be about a performance at this year's proms, I feel justified in making a cheap joke.
Let's move on. The Choral symphony looms threateningly closer, hour by hour.
Sir Thomas Beecham summed it up better than I can:
“The music critic has read more, heard more artists and attended more concerts than most
of us. The one thing his competence does not extend to is the ability to perform. He is
a musical eunuch.”
* probably more likely in the hundreds in these days of public indifference
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