ORR/Gardiner at the BBC Proms

The Times, 12 September 2011
Weber Der Freischütz (BBC Proms 2011) at Royal Albert Hall

"After a nervous start, John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique played with great panache. Blazing horn fanfares, shrieking piccolo, virtuoso solo viola (Judith Busbridge) and, in the creepy Wolf’s Glen scene, demonic howls from women choristers in the galleries: the atmosphere was more panto than horror show, but so what? (...) Gidon Saks, summoning fiends from a cauldron under Sir Henry Wood’s nose, revelled as the baddie, and Virginie Pochon sparkled as the unflappable Annette. Terrific singing, too, from the Monteverdi Choir, relishing every spinechilling gasp and moan."