Vintage performance from sparkling countertenor

Iestyn Davies begins the New Year in style with a wonderful recital at the Wigmore Hall.

Iestyn Davies confirmed his status as the countertenor du jour with his recital, partnered by Richard Egarr, at the Wigmore Hall last week. The recital really was an event to remember given that it coincided with the 110th anniversary of the Hall itself as well as the 10th anniversary of John Gilhooly’s time as director.

Critics heaped praise upon the performance with Hilary Finch of The Times saying that “There was champagne for everyone. And the bubbles rose up through the music…This was an evening of baroque virtuosity from one of the most accomplished countertenors…There isn’t a weak spot in the entire vocal range of Iestyn Davies. Whether in the sustained low register of dark lament, or whether hurling the voice high in the exuberance of triumphant love, his is a countertenor which gives unalloyed pleasure.”

Alexandra Coghlan of stated that Mr Davies showed “innate musicality” in “a programme that offered a real insiders guide to the backstreets of Baroque…Curated impeccably”.

Bravo to Iestyn and here’s to a wonderful 2011 which includes his debut at La Scala, Milan, his first Oberon in London at the Coliseum and his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as well as the release of his first solo disc on the Hyperion label.

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