Bach Collegium Japan are now halfway through their European tour, having spent a weekend at the Barbican Centre in London as part of a three-day-long residency. The reviews for that event have been glowing and in particular for countertenor Robin Blaze. Here is a selection of some of these plaudits:
“Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, a single, emollient aria beautifully delivered here by countertenor Robin Blaze alongside the duetting violins of Ryo Terakado and Yukie Yamaguchi, with Suzuki on chamber organ.” – Erica Jeal, The Guardian
“For the consoling “Bekennen will ich seinen Namen”, all that survives of cantata BWV200, mellifluous countertenor Robin Blaze sang to an accompaniment of two violins and continuo, but it proved enough to fill the hall. How well the risk paid off.” – Richard Fairman, Financial Times
“In the cantata “Bekennn will ich”, Robin Blaze’s sweetly assertive falsetto benefited from the even further miniaturised orchestra: two violins, cello and Suzuki at the chamber organ.” – Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard
“I was transported by the loveliness of the flute solo and captured by the debonair way in which countertenor Robin Blaze delighted us with how “the Lord hath filled the hungry with good things”... Blaze showed timbre that was naturally warm and expressive.” – David Karlin, bachtrack.com
As part of the ongoing tour, BCJ and Robin have subsequently performed at the Théâtre de Champs Élysées in Paris and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Over the next week they will give concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, De Oosterpoort, the Concertgebouw in Amsertdam, and the St Petersburg Philharmonia.
Please click here to listen to a recording of Robin singing with BCJ and their musical director Masaaki Suzuki.