Blank canvas: Pallid Berlioz from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Berlioz/Mendelssohn: OAE **

Royal Festival Hall, 20th February 2017

Period instruments and historically informed practice have revolutionised the way much classical music has been performed for decades. “The Berlioz Experience”, a weekend masterminded by Roger Norrington here at the Southbank Centre in 1988, was one of the first to extend the exploration into the Romantic era. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – often with Norrington at the helm – have led the charge. I love the OAE’s pioneer spirit, but this evening’s concert, which paired Hector Berlioz with Felix Mendelssohn, proved a disappointment.

Sarah Connolly
© Jan Capinski

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