“But it was good to hear a work that was a significant stepping stone on Mozart’s rise to greatness. Especially when the English Concert were on superb form throughout under the experienced direction of Laurence Cummings – proving yet again that the principal prerequisite of a fine evening at the opera isn’t the singers but […]
“…what Laurence Cummings produces each year with this band of period specialists – drawn from ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – is something quite unique and wonderful. It’s a sound of zing, spring, heat and finesse; light-textured yet intense; multicoloured and with bristling timbres leaping so vividly […]
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 […]
“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, […]