Experience the music anew – Andreas Scholl in The Age
Handel with Heart and Scholl
The Age, 11 March 2011
THIS is German countertenor Andreas Scholl’s third Australian tour, and his fans heard a night of beauteous singing.
Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel provide the perfect framing for Scholl’s distinctive voice which is eventoned and dynamically precise across its range. To hear Scholl essay Purcell’s incomparable settings of Music for a While and Fairest Isle, let alone the wondrous O Solitude, is to experience the music and words anew.
Much has been made of Scholl daring to sing Dido’s great lament, When I am laid in earth but it was as proud, eloquent and lyrical a performance as any I have heard from either sex. He also descended into the baritone range in Man is for the Woman Made, with the audience providing the choruses.
In the Handel half, Scholl sang rarer repertoire: two cantatas, Vedendo Amor (1707) and Nel Dolce Tempo (1710), which are, he told us, fragmentary operas. Scholl was joined by Tamar Halperin, harpsichord; Daniel Yeadon, baroque cello and viola da gamba; and Tommie Andersson, baroque guitar and theorbo.
Just one encore, Handel’s famous aria, Ombra mai fu, from Xerxes, sung with poise.