The Golden Age Of French Sacred Music, Le Concert Spirituel, Wigmore Hall, 30 May 2014

Another weekend, another early music concert that May. Perhaps I got over-excited with the booking forms or perhaps I had indeed spotted a glut of really superb visiting acts doing interesting concerts.

This was another good’un, that’s for sure.

Friday night, so no doubt the golden era sacred music will have induced each of us at some stage to nod off a little…but not a lot.

Here is a link to the Wigmore Hall resource for this concert, which helpfully shows you the programme they played. Trust me, it was sacred music and not, as advertised, scared music.

I seem to recall Janie finding Hervé Niquet a bit showy in style – Janie can be very unforgiving on that point, but we both really enjoyed the gig.

Below is a vid of Le Concert Spirituel singing something else, somewhere else, but it is a lovely short piece and you’ll soon get the idea:

Lovely sound.

Baroque In High Definition, Academy of Ancient Music, Wigmore Hall 25 September 2009

The conceit of this tasty concert was to play baroque music that has been used in movies in the last 25 years.

It would have made little difference to us had we remained ignorant of the movie link, but possibly the conceit helped to pull in an audience, not that the Academy of Ancient Music needs much help at the Wigmore Hall on a Friday evening. Perhaps it helped the night before in Cambridge.

Richard Egarr has a very pleasant manner, as do the named soloists for this gig.

This is what we heard:

Just what the doctor ordered after a hard week’s work. Or under any circumstances really.