Castello Consort can’t cope with criticism

By now, they have been reported. But just a warning, if like me, you are a culture journalist. Some musicians can’t take criticism – even if it is not directed at them and journalists are merely citing other people.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 12: Artem Belogurov

It was nice to have as last concert of the day, a performance by Mr. Belogurov. He may nearly be dubbed “an old hand”. He regularly performs in the Netherlands and it was not the first time I had the good fortune, to hear him at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 11: Silva Norvegica

The volunteers had locked the door and were struggling with the Early Music Festival banner. It kept folding, rolling tight and likely with a sharp, nasty snap. The public waited patiently and looked on. We were locked out, but the glass wall gave us a view of the struggle. Members of Silva Norvegica and instruments turned up, each time having to knock on the door to be allowed in.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 10: The judges are out

While queueing for Silva Norvegic’s fringe concert, I overheard the conversation mentioned in the previous post. Just one remark to the spammer: read articles, posts, remarks, before you decide who is on the receiving end of criticism and why.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 9: Castello Consort

No idea why the locals often automatically get praised. National pride versus not enough knowledge of and exposure to what is happening in the wider world?

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 8: Ensemble Hesperi

KuuB’s owner Mr. Jaap Roëll, introduced Scottish ensemble “Hesperi”. Their fringe concert took place in his art gallery. Tickets for this concert had completely sold out. Even extra seats provided by volunteers and the owner for people without tickets queuing to attend, were not enough to seat all! The last few people without tickets had to be turned away – and sadly, they missed a wonderful fringe concert. A truly fabulous concert!

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 5: Aleksander Mocek

The last fringe concert of the day, was another Fabulous one – in every respect. The instrument was one of my favorites. Musician Aleksander Mocek would proof to be as excellent and fabulous as the Hieronymous ensemble. No better way to conclude a perfect, rosy warm summer day in scenic Utrecht, filled with wonderful music, than with an outstanding and engaging performance.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 5: Smith, Hewitt & Macias

No names of composers, but of the musicians of this ensemble. They focused on works by Walther, Mayer, Telemann and Händel. They aimed to create the illusion of a garden waking up to a perfect summer day, complete with dewy roses and plenty of bird-song. The early morning was followed by drowsy noon and the perfect afternoon. A kind of synopsis of an Early Music Festival day.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 4: Le Voci delle Grazie

The Utrecht Early Music Festival is a training, selection and “breeding” ground for young, talented musicians. After being invited to take part in fringe concerts for one or more years, the best musicians will be promoted to the Fabulous Fringe circle. Musicians belonging to this circle will get the chance to perform in the best concert halls the festival offers. The same concert halls where international, world-famous ensembles perform.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 3: Hieronymous

The first fringe concert of the festival was simply sublime. A perfect performance and the start for the festival could not have been better.

Ensemble Hieronymus called their fringe performance “Evensong: Anthems, Psalms, Responsoria”. Though 11:00 in the morning is not exactly the right time for Evensong, the title and concert tied in perfectly with this year’s festival theme.

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