“Cummings makes the music dance”

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 in Laurence Cummings | No Comments
“Cummings makes the music dance”

“Laurence Cummings makes the music dance and sing: touches like leaving the perky wind trios without continuo make the expressiveness of the strings as they enter all the more effective.” — Read more at The Guardian.

Cummings’ conducts Handel rarity at LHF

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ conducts Handel rarity at LHF

“Orchestral playing was excellent under the always lively Laurence Cummings. Here is a good opportunity to catch Faramondo before it disappears for another century or two.” — Read more at The Financial Times.

Cummings’ “stylish” conducting at the London Handel Festival

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ “stylish” conducting at the London Handel Festival

“Laurence Cummings’ stylish conducting leaves us in no doubt as to the quality of the score, which contains some of Handel’s most striking music.” — Read more at The Guardian.

Cummings’ Mozart is “a delight” with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ Mozart is “a delight” with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

“His Mozart Paris Symphony was a delight, full of gesture and rhetoric – seldom can its first movement’s rushing scales have had so much sheer meaning – but superbly balanced in a buoyant slow movement.” — Read more at The Scotsman.

Laurence Cummings: “The Paris Concert” with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Laurence Cummings: “The Paris Concert” with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

“he guest conductor, Laurence Cummings, is an authority on 17th and 18th century composers. Conducting from the harpsichord, playing the continuo, he narrates the tale in between the passages…Cummings took the orchestra at a terrific pace making a lively conclusion to the evening.” — Read more at Edinburgh Guide.

“Cummings, NSO serve up a fresh take on Handel’s “Messiah””

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
“Cummings, NSO serve up a fresh take on Handel’s “Messiah””

“This year the honor fell to Laurence Cummings…he brought an easy authority to the score, conducting from one of the two harpsichords in the orchestra, augmented nicely by portative organ in the larger pieces…In the hall’s vast acoustic it was a sound that never overwhelmed the ears and often required one to lean in and […]

Cummings and Williams in National Symphony’s ‘Messiah’

Cummings and Williams in National Symphony’s ‘Messiah’

“Rapid passagework in Baroque music can sound finicky, with a kind of sewing-machine needling; but time and again, Cummings encouraged playing and singing that were smooth, gentle, even tender — from the chorus in “He shall purify,” with its rapidly ornamented, high-flying lines, or from the strings in the recitative “There were shepherds.” …”James Kryshak, […]

Cummings: Susanna CD review – intensely moving

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings: Susanna CD review – intensely moving

“Laurence Cummings’s new version with Göttingen festival forces captures fully the uplifting, pastoral, ethereal vision in arias such as Susanna’s “Crystal streams in murmurs flowing”, and his cast, while not all perfect in English, are responsive, with Ciara Hendrick outstanding. Beautiful.” — Read more at theguardian.com.

Cummings conducts Handel at Buxton Festival

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings conducts Handel at Buxton Festival

“Just a generation ago, to hear an account of a Handel opera as graceful, as nuanced, in fact as consistently beautiful as this would still have been a matter of luck.” — Read more at The Spectator

Cummings’ “perfect pacing” at Göttingen Festival

Posted on May 13, 2016 in Laurence Cummings | No Comments
Cummings’ “perfect pacing” at Göttingen Festival

“Despite swaths of flesh-coloured silk, foppish ribbons and much elaborate positioning of hands, Imeneo is remarkably musically convincing for an opera once described by a contemporary as “the worst of all Handel’s compositions”. That is thanks to Cummings’ perfect pacing and the infectiously catchy phrasing he draws from his excellent orchestra and cast.” – Read […]