Andreas Scholl – ‘the world’s most pure counter-tenor voice’
WHAT a week for fans of the classical voice, with both the German countertenor Andreas Scholl and Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli in town.
Scholl had the benefit of the better venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall… Scholl’s outing was less showy [than Cecilia Bartoli’s], but as impressive. The highlight of the first half was Dido’s Lament, written for a soprano voice. Scholl’s version was stately and slow, emphasising the words and ornamented by a single flash of intense reverberation on the last “remember me”.
After interval, Scholl turned to Handel, showing his skills as an interpreter not only of arias but of recitative. His version of What Cupid Saw was full of character. Scholl’s encore Ombra mai fu completed the pleasure of hearing the world’s most pure counter-tenor voice.