Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Just as Haydn did at the premiere of this work. McGegan surprised the audience and played the cadenza himself.
Her voice is so powerful and her range so extended that it soars above the full orchestra, the chorus and her fellow soloists only to come down with exquisite gentleness and nail whole rivulets of notes with fluid perfection.
Cassone’s stunning tremulos, lightning trills and soaring melodies would have been well nigh impossible on the natural trumpet.
Animated and friendly, the melody of the first moment was thrown back and forth between horns and violin - and in a small way made some part of the universe right.
Most intense were the exquisitely delicate, hushed, pianissimo portions.