reviewed by Paula Citron
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Guest artist Tyler Duncan, bass-baritone
At Trinity St. Paul’s Centre until Jan. 24 and at the George Weston Recital Hall, Jan. 26
It has become custom for Tafelmusik to mount intimate concerts in January – sort of a cosy get-together in the deep of winter. This year’s offering is Intimate Bach featuring ten musicians and guest bass-baritone Tyler Duncan.
Duncan impressed me mightily at the TSO Messiah, and the young singer did not disappoint. The Bach cantata and arias he sang showed a voice of purity and warmth. One could clearly hear his bass and baritone separation – the sweet high notes and the rolling low ones, the latter coming in nicely.
The fast instrumental sections clipped along at high speed, but I found the slow movements, particularly the famous Air from Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite to be on the turgid side. Nonetheless, the addition of oboes and a bassoon to the strings is a bonus, and the concert is richly varied.
Intimate Bach continues at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre until Jan. 24, and at the George Weston Recital Hall on Jan. 26.