In February I visit Seoul once more as a guest of the Philharmonic Orchestra. We have a program of Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and then two of my favourite baroque suites from Purcell’s KIng Arthur and Telemann’s Water Music. I will be looking forward to working with the remarkable colluratura soprano Julia Lezhneva for the first time.

The review in the Korean Daily Newsis caught the joy of the evening:

The second part of the concert had selections from Henry Purcell’s ‘King Arthur Suite’ and the whole of ‘Wassermuik (watermusic)’ by Telemann, directed by British conductor Paul Goodwin. 

 Despite the prejudice that baroque music sounds monotonous, maestro Goodwin and SPO played very beautifully. When they played the 10th movement of ‘Watermusic’ along with humorous foot stamping, the concert hall was full of happiness.

 This success of the concert bore testimony to the possibility that baroque music could be perfectly included as a popular concert programme. Although the SPO is not a baroque specialist, they achieved very well. Especially the dexterous details in the second part, which was impressive.

After Korea I will be visiting Carmel in California for donor events, publicity and planning for the 2018 and 2019 Festivals.  


© Paul Goodwin 2018