Thursday 21 April 2011


The Gabrieli Consort have posted a comment on my Proms posting confirming that Paul McCreesh will be using soloists in the Octet in Elijah which is very heartening.

And my remarks about the starting time of Pelleas seems to have generated a couple of comments supporting early starting times; oh well.

Another correspondent was enquiring about the performance of Saul and what it actually contained. The High Priest did sing two arias, often cut, as follows:-
Recit: Go on, Illustrious Pair
Aira: While yet thy Tide of Blood runs high
Air: O Lord, whose Providence

The edition, by Antony Hicks, was credited in Lawrence Cummings' introduction to the Festival programme, but not mentioned on the actual Saul pages of the programme. Its worth noting that they will be performing Hicks edition of Comus as well next week

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