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Ensemble Hesperi’s recent performance of Handel’s Orlando at Buxton International Festival has been reviewed by three publications:

OperaJournal “Here of course, with Adrian Butterfield directing the Ensemble Hesperi from the violin and with the use of period instruments, the emphasis was on the quality of the music of Orlando and its ability to carry the dramatic intent of the opera. And being Handel of course, it’s absolutely beautiful. With the small ensemble to the right of the stage, it was more than enough to spring this work into life.”

Theartsdesk “The accompaniment was string quartet and harpsichord continuo plus two wind players who could be either recorder or oboe, which served very well, and there were nice touches such as the on-stage solo violin for Quando spieghi tuoi tormenti, Dorinda’s song to a nightingale.”

Bachtrack “The seven instrumentalists of Ensemble Hesperi, led by violinist and conductor Adrian Butterfield, brought impressive colour to a reduced orchestration”.

Plays to See “The Ensemble Hesperi, directed by Adrian Butterfield on violin, was unobtrusively
excellent and the period instruments added to the authenticity of the performance.”

Ensemble Hesperi is a dynamic and innovative London-based Early Music ensemble, dedicated to showcasing Baroque music through imaginative programming and collaboration with other art forms.


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