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Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Wigmore Hall | reviews, news & interviews

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Wigmore Hall

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Wigmore Hall

Koopman begins his Wigmore residency with a Haydn sandwich

Andrew Parrott, director of the Taverner Consort, once told me of a time he was playing harpsichord at the back of a largish orchestra. Confident that nothing he played would stand the remotest chance of being heard above the general cacophony, he “rather went to town” in his realisation of the continuo part. Afterwards he was congratulated by numerous audience members sat at the back of the hall on his stylish, if unconventional, interpretation. The sound had gone up into the air and bounced straight to the back, giving everyone in the rear four rows a crystal-clear account of his lavish harpsichord playing.

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