Early Music Montreal

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Arion - Tra Roma e Napoli

Arion was joined by musicians from Il Concerto Suave, featuring soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr. She has a rich stong voice and sang for the greater part of the concert. The concert began with Correa Nel Seno Amato, a cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti. I did not find the piece that interesting. In parts it was quite repetetive. Kiehr's voice was particularly nice in the lower register. I found it less satisfying in the upper range of her voice.

The extracts from the oratorio Il Primo Omicidio were more interesting. It started with a beautiful solo violin part. The orchestra sounded great throughout. The concert could have used more variety in the selection of music.