Last night at the Barbican Centre, my husband and I were entranced by the mesmerising beauty of Philippe Jaroussky’s voice and the talented ensemble of Concerto Koln (Cologne). What a great night for Baroque music it was! With an impressive opening with “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel, the evening went from strength to strength.
At one point, Jaroussky (a countertenor) made an incredibly virtuosic coloratura aria which was met with thunderous applause and much jaw-dropping.
After the concert, Jaroussky had a cd signing for his new cd of forgotten castrato arias, JC Bach: La dolca fiamma. I was second in line at the event, and when I met him, I found him to be delightfully down-to-earth, slightly aghast about the many photos there were of him behind him, and incredibly friendly. An all-around pleasant man, who wore nice modern attire. For a man who has nearly single-handedly brought about a revival in castrato and Baroque music, he seemed slightly shy and this made him all the more agreeable.
I wholeheartedly recommend Jaroussky’s music for not only is he extremely talented, but very pleasant, polite and he seemed genuinely interested in his meeting his fans. If only more performers could be like Monsieur Jaroussky!