Ivor Bolton Triumphs as Handel-Connoisseur

“How should Ivor Bolton start his residency at the Philharmonie Essen in a better way than with Georg Friedrich Händel? Already 25 years ago he celebrated triumphs with Handel’s operas at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.”
(Westdeutsche Allgemeine WAZ, 5.11.2019)


“Händel dedicated himself twice to St. Cecilia: 1739 in the Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day and 1736 Alexander’s Feast. (…)
In Essen the Concerto Köln, ChorWerk Ruhr, three soloists and Ivor Bolton did so. And how! All of them proved in an utmost appealing way to be profound ambassadors of Cecilia so that listening was an immense joy from the first to the very last note. All expectations have been exceeded as Bolton with his versed opera knowledge, the nearly life-long familiarity with Händel and the the long partnership with Concerto Köln, knew how to not only shape the musical hermaphrodite theatrical, but propitiate the dialectical sound of war rush with the most beautiful patron sacred peace.”
(Bachtrack, 2.11.2019)


Ivor Bolton triumphs as Händel-connoisseur
At his debut at Artist in Residence of the new season Ivor Bolton triumphed at the Philharmonie Essen with the Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day and the Alexander’s Feast. (…)
On this night one could literally experience how plastically Bolton shapes this music with his hands.”
(Recklinghäuser Zeitung, 4.11.2019)