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Harry Bicket

  • Conductor


Harry Bicket reviews

"The conductor, soloist and 25 members of the Philharmonic delivered an exhilirating and affecting account of the Vivaldi masterpiece - the kind of perfectly paced, imaginatively pictorial reading that might give pause to listeners who find Baroque musical unemotional, impersonal or over-stylized... This reading recalled Louis Kaufman's dynamic first American recording made in 1948; Bicket discovered anew what Kaufman's widow Annette once called the the 'fresh and unexpected' aspects of the score." Los Angeles Times, December 2009 Los Angeles Philharmonic and Veronika Eberle, Vivaldi: Four Seasons "Harry Bicket is neither precious nor given to emotional exaggeration. Supported by a first-rate instrumental band in the English Concert and the New Company, he led a performance that was crisp, alert and direct, nailing the drama fair and square." Richard Fairman, Financial Times August 2009 BBC Prom 47: Handel's Samson "Harry Bicket's spirited account with the English Concert and friends gloried in the score's every twist and turn." Geoff Brown, The Times August 2009 BBC Prom 47: Handel's Samson "Harry Bicket, the group’s current director, flicked his elegant wrists, and off we went with Handel. This is music that needs zip, and the English Concert had it in plenty, allied with a razor-edge ensemble sense and faultless intonation." Geoff Brown, The Sunday Times, November 2008 The English Concert at Cadogan Hall, London "Lyric Opera audiences have long appreciated Bicket's special insights into Baroque and Classical style, as well as the relaxed but productive give-and-take with orchestral players that makes his informed performances so engaging. Bicket's operatic bent revealed itself in his gracious shaping of pulse, rhythm and melody in the suite from Jean-Philippe Rameau's 'Les Boreades'." John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, May 2008 Chicago Symphony Orchestra