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laurapirasA Memorable Programme
Bach Cantatas at London’s Royal Academy of Music, January 2011
heard by MALCOLM MILLER, www.dailyclassicalmusic.com

What came across was the remarkable difference in style between the earlier work, abounding in choral writing either homophonic or fugal, which recalls the mid-Baroque North German idiom of the late seventeenth century, and the more Italianate, operatic and almost rococo lilt in the Leipzig cantata with its many notable woodwind obligatos, here performed with stunning virtuosity by the RAM Baroque Orchestra oboist Leo Duarte and flautist Laura Piras.

Certainly the tenor aria Jesus nimmt die Sünder was one of the expressive highlights of the concert, matching Alexander Sprague’s bright tenor with the formidable virtuosity of Laura Piras on baroque ‘traverso’ flute, particularly in the introduction and epilogue and in the intertwining exchanges, and especially where the voice sustains its pitch (‘und rufet’) as a pedal against which the flute embroiders a delicate tracery.”

Listen to a recording of this concert here.

 

King of Hearts, December 2010, review by Aude Gotto, Artistic Director

Two very well-known Bach pieces, the Orchestral Suite No. 2 and the D minor harpsichord concerto were performed with  great spirit and sounded rejuvenated and fresh; the soloists, Laura Piras on flute and Tom Foster on harpsichord, shone by their musical sensitivity and virtuosic agility.”

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