‘FRONT ROW’ ON BBC RADIO 4
Presenter: Samira Ahmed, Producer: Jack Soper
8th March 2016
Handel at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
Historian David Coke and conductor and harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham discuss a new recording of Handel’s music by London Early Opera, focused on London’s famed Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
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19th September 2015
10th September 2015
“The Gloria … is a six movement work for virtuoso soprano, Sophie Bevan, and orchestra (without violas) and alternates bravura fast movements with lovely slow ones, the fifth in particular sees Sophie Bevan beautifully limpid and with finish with an Alleluia which is certainly impressive with Sophie Bevan showing fine technical control and bravura pizzaz at Bridget Cunningham’s brisk tempo.”
“Here we hear Mary Bevan sings Un pensiero nemico di pace, an aria from part one for the character of Belleza (Beauty) with a brilliantly vivid A section contrasting with a lovely lyrical B section.”
“Opening with a strong accompagnato, the first aria is busy with Benjamin Bevan’s robust, vigorous baritone complemented by perkily rhythmic strings. A recitative leads to the lovely intimate final aria, with its elaborated multi-line accompaniment. Rather understated, it is not quite what we expect at the end of a cantata but here is finely performed by Benjamin Bevan, Bridget Cunningham and ensemble.
“Bridget Cunningham and her performers certainly succeed in bringing out both the virtuosity and variety of Handel’s Italian period”
9th September 2015
“The disc is rounded off with the overture to ‘Rodrigo’ and a delightful harpsichord sonata played by Bridget Cunningham on an instrument with a lovely ringing quality to its sound, completing this postcard from Handel, the Italian. I look forward to Volume Two”
1st September 2015
“A delectable musical dish from London Early Opera and a trio of Bevan soloists”
Here’s a treat… it’s delicious fare – and London Early Opera has three luminaries of the Bevan family on hand with the silver service.
..”the prodigious Sophie, full-toned and ever-confident, coats it in many colours.”
“the cantata Cuopre tal volta il cielo, is sung with comparable engagement by Benjamin, an attractive lyric baritone who relishes Handel’s storm of thunderclaps and terror”
“Mary, who is on ravishing form, only gets to sing two brief arias. Yet the refinement she brings to ‘Bel piacere’ from Agrippina is the disc’s high point.
“it leaves you wanting more.”
16th August 2015
“The Gloria .,..opens an enjoyable showcase for Sophie, Mary and and Bevan. Sophie sings it peachilly with a richer – sounding soprano than previously recorded exponents.The baritone cantata, stylishly sung, is a rarity, and the accompaniments and the accompaniments and Cunningham’s dispatch of a harpsichord sonata are spry”.
9th August 2015
….a dazzling disc from the Bevan siblings. Unlike JS Bach, who hardly ever went outside the central German towns where his family worked, Handel was a cosmopolitan who travelled widely and settled in England. Crucial to his development was a journey to Italy in 1707, where he wrote for cardinals and courts. London Early Opera’s new project gets off to an odd start, with the Gloria discovered in 2001, which may not actually date from the Italian years, but no one is going to object when it is so dazzlingly sung by Sophie Bevan. Other members of the remarkable Bevan family clan match her: soprano Mary contributes arias from opera and oratorio, while baritone Benjamin offers a fine cantata.
‘IN TUNE’ ON RADIO 3
3rd-7th August 2015
Handel in Italy Vol.1 NEW CD
“Music inspired by voices, by words, music crossing boundaries, we have the best. What appears to be our cd of the week…(Handel in Italy) it’s all Handel”
HARPSICHORD & FORTEPIANO MAGAZINE
Cunningham demonstrates her abilities with Farnaby’s equally demanding and attractive, almost romantic “Daphne”.
DORDOGNE LIBRE, FRENCH NEWSPAPER
5th July 2013
Bridget Cunningham, an internationally renowned harpsichordist, performed works by
Bach, Handel and Couperin and charmed the audience.
LE SUD OUEST, FRENCH NEWSPAPER
27th June 2013
The audience was dazzled by the ﬁrst performance of London Early Opera, directed by Bridget Cunningham, playing with delicacy and brilliance of pieces by Handel, Mozart, Corelli, Couperin and Purcell.
EARLY MUSIC RADIO ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Celebrating Early Music and Early Music Performance
“..A beautiful gem of an album by Bridget Cunningham..a showcase of her musical prowess, Bridget dispatches tunes by G. F. Handel, T. Roseingrave and C.T. Carter with an effortless aplomb; and the two traditional Irish melodies to conclude the set are simply drop-dead gorgeous.”
‘… delightful album … sensitive and faithful recording …’
ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD
Contributing Essayist – Bridget Cunningham
The essays provide insights on the music of Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and J.S. and C.P.E. Bach and consider various keyboard instruments such as the clavichord, square piano, spinet, and claviorgan. An afterword by Christopher himself completes this well rounded collection.
THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF MUSICIANS
published in “Preserve Harmony” magazine
Bridget Cunningham’s engaging and accomplished playing , backed by insightful scholarship, add to our understanding and appreciation of this great composer and his influence. She quotes the opinion of Handel recorded by Alexander Pope, which makes the point better than any reviewer; ” Conceive the highest that you can of his abilities and they art much beyond anything you can conceive.”