Critics united in praise over new production at Grange

Critics united in praise over new production at Grange

The 2018 Grange Festival’s production of Agrippina had its opening night last week. Read the reviews here to see what the critics thought:

“Robert Howarth directed robust and lively playing by the Academy of Ancient Music.” THE TIMES

“The Academy of Ancient Music under Robert Howarth brought Handel’s tremendous score to life with surpassing vividness.”TELEGRAPH

“The Academy of Ancient Music play with sensuous clarity” THE GUARDIAN

“Under Robert Howarth, the Academy of Ancient Music provides a crisp, energetic reading of Handel’s lively score, revealing the many aspects of the twenty-four-year-old’s genius in matching music to the multifarious psychological and dramatic demands of the narrative. The continuo section in particular wisely and skilfully ensures an unflagging pace in threading the recitatives through the vocal numbers so as to keep up an engaging sense of momentum. Howarth points up dramatic moments with appropriate expressive emphases with the AAM bringing out the colour of the score without making it seem incongruous.” CLASSICAL SOURCE

“Under Robert Howarth’s energetic direction, the Academy of Ancient Music breathed plenty of life into Handel’s early masterpiece”  BACHTRACK

“… lovely playing from the Academy of Ancient Music”INDEPENDENT