Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Three new classical music albums: two are superior, one is a bit of a mixed bag.
Ultimately, there’s a “look at my technique” quality to composer Lewis Spratlan’s writing in this piece that doesn’t match the musical content and that seems to be striving to be all things to all listeners.
The audience went wild after each piece Philippe Jaroussky sang. There were three gorgeous encores, ending with the slow, familiar aria from Handel’s “Xerxes”. Most of the crowd would have been happy to have stayed for more. We knew this was an Apollo’s Fire concert to remember.