This concert has everything one expects from Britain's leading period ensemble. On the program are Handel's Concerti Grossi Op. 6, Nos. 1 and 10, Vivaldi's Concerti in B-flat Major for two violins / oboe and violin, and Bach's Concerto in D Minor for two violins. Although the Vivaldi falls particularly sweetly and entrancingly on our ears, it's all quite marvelous.
"The degree of passion, excitement and joy stirred by this concert was surely exceptional."—The Times
"An electrifying survey of Baroque concertos.… The zesty interaction of the AAM's players in two of Handel's Op. 6 Concerti grossi is unflaggingly alert, playful and dramatic."—Gramophone
"The warm and clear recording of the hall comes across beautifully, and the Academy plays with the relaxed, easy-going confidence of a group entirely at home in the venue. Their trademark gorgeousness of tone is also as melting as ever."—Metro
"A source of sound documents to cherish" (BBC Music); "The hall's acoustics are fresh and vivid" (The Independent); "An important souvenir of fine recital singing" (Gramophone). These are the kind of accolades the "Wigmore Hall Live" recording series has been receiving. This venue holds a unique place in London musical life and is an essential platform for the world's most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians. Every week a concert is broadcast on radio and the Internet, but with the launching of this recording label, Wigmore's great performances can be a revelation and a source of enduring pleasure to music lovers worldwide.