Ceaseless fire in Spontini’s Olympie

Spontini: Olympie

Concertgebouw, 29th October 2016

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Alexandrine-Caroline Branchu, the first Statira

The patrons fleeing the hall after the last bars of Spontini’s Olympie deserve sympathy. Two-and-a-half hours of relentless crescendos, however handsomely sculpted, take their toll. Not that the performers did not earn the ovation by those who stayed. Jérémie Rhorer led the period ensemble Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in a turbocharged performance of the third version of this neglected work, which premiered in Paris in 1826.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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