G. F. Handel: Acis and Galatea

G. F. Handel: Acis and Galatea

Opus Arte (OABD7056D) [DVD]

other

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Danielle de Niese Galatea
Charles Workman Acis
Matthew Rose Polyphemus
Paul Agnew Damon
Ji-Min Park Coridon

The Royal Ballet
The Royal Opera Extra Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Wayne McGregor stage director
Christopher Hogwood conductor 

Julian Perkins harpsichord continuo
 

'Charles Workman and Danielle de Niese had bags of vocal and personal charm in the title roles, with strong contributions from Matthew Rose as Polyphemus and Paul Agnew and Ji-Min Park as attendant shepherds...'

The Daily Telegraph
 

'The period instrumentalists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment infuse the score with crackling verve and airy grace under Christopher Hogwood's stylish hand.'

New York Classical Review

 



Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Opus Arte (OA1018D) [DVD]

other

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Sarah Connolly Dido
Lucas Meachem Aeneas
Lucy Crowe Belinda
Sara Fulgoni Sorceress
Anita Watson Second Woman
Eri Nakamura First Witch
Pumeza Matshikiza Second Witch
Ji-Min Park Sailor
Iestyn Davies Spirit

The Royal Ballet
The Royal Opera Extra Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Wayne McGregor stage director
Christopher Hogwood conductor 

Julian Perkins harpsichord continuo
 

'Christopher Hogwood rises to the challenge of this poignantly sombre production by drawing superbly expressive playing from the OAE and equally fine singing from the Royal Opera Extra Chorus.'

The Times

'[Hogwood's] continuo section - harpsichord, theorbo, cello, and chamber organ - is impressive, and he can get a true rumble out of the whole band very effectively (the music before the Witches' Dance truly growls).'

Classics Today
 



G. F. Handel: Saul

G. F. Handel: Saul

CORO (COR16103) [3 CDs]

other

Christopher Purves Saul
Sarah Connolly David
Robert Murray Jonathan
Elizabeth Atherton Merab
Joélle Harvey Michal
Mark Dobell High Priest
Jeremy Budd Witch of Endor
Stuart Young Ghost of Samuel
Eamonn Dougan Abner
Ben Davies Doeg 
Tom Raskin Amalekite

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor 

Julian Perkins organ solo and continuo, carillon

GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH

'Christopher Purves charms, broods, fumes implacably, plots villainously and confronts his doom vividly in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedian.'  

Gramophone

'...the choruses are always beautifully contoured, as is the incisive playing of The Sixteen's house band.' 

BBC Music Magazine 



G. F. Handel: Jephtha

G. F. Handel: Jephtha

CORO (COR16121) [3 CDs]

other

James Gilchrist Jephtha
Susan Bickley Storgè
Sophie Bevan Iphis
Robin Blaze Hamor
Matthew Brook Zebul
Grace Davidson Angel

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor 

Julian Perkins organ continuo

'...the most satisfyingly nuanced choral performance I have heard.'

Gramophone

'The singing is superb.'  

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

 

 

Julian Perkins also sang as a baritone on a number of recordings with some prestigious choirs and consorts, for labels including Decca, EMI and Hyperion.