“Purcell’s champion and savior in this production was internationally acclaimed harpsichordist and conductor Jory Vinikour. Leading the period-instrument orchestra of Chicago’s Haymarket Opera, Vinikour labored mightily to enthrone this Fairy Queen in a musical realm that Purcell would recognize and endorse. The Haymarket musicians collaborated with Vinikour in the creation of a sound world in which one could take refuge from the tomfoolery littering the stage. Guiding the performance as though extemporaneously composing the score himself, Vinikour provided continuo playing that was inventive but restrained, and his colleagues in the pit shared his gifts for crisp rhythms, pinpoint articulations of harmonic progressions, and purposeful ornaments.
…but Vinikour achieved marvels in sustaining momentum and facilitating musical characterization by both singers and instrumentalists.”
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