Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante, which I directed in Metz with B'Rock Orchestra and soloists Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina and Ugo Guagliardo has received a great review on ResMusica which can be read here in the original French.
The review was enthusiastic, leading with 'One could not dream, it must be said, of a better interpretation', before going on to observe that "at the head of all B'Rock Orchestra, director Christopher Bucknall knew very well how to make the “French" character ... sparing us the excesses of passion and hysterical traits which tend to become today the norm when one exhumes a little known work of Vivaldi'.
The production was picked up by France's Pay-TV Mezzo channel so I hope to have some clips up in the coming the months.
The New Year has got off to a cracking start with three separate Vivaldi projects. First is Vivaldi’s glorious serenata, La Senna Festeggiante which I’m thrilled to be directing in three concerts in France with B’Rock (Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent). With sensuous orchestration, three fabulous soloists (Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Ugo Guagliardo) and some fantastic concert venues, this promises to be a wonderful project. Next is a brilliant programme Harmonic Inspirations, devised by B’Rock’s concertmaster Rodolfo Richter of concertos from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico alongside works by Reich and Lygeti. Lastly a tour of some superb European halls with Vivaldi’s Oratorio Juditha Triumphans and a few days of winter holiday as well!