If anything, over the decades, the BB orchestra and chorus have become even more accomplished, with outstanding work by Marc Schachman (oboe) and Jesse Levine (trumpet), and the continuo artistry of Peter Sykes (the King Arthur harpsichordist in 1990) and Victor Coelho (theorbo). Pearlman assembled a splendid performing edition from 60 scattered sources and, refined Purcell conductor that he is, led with charm, delicacy, outbursts of vigor, and an uninterrupted connection with Purcell’s irresistible melodies.
Thirteen years ago, mezzo-soprano Jan Curtis suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and barely able to speak. But working with Boston’s Aphasia Community Group, she discovered she could still sing, and with as much communication, stage presence, and voice as ever. In 2001, she gave a memorable Celebrity Series recital. Now Granada TV, doing a documentary for the BBC, has recorded a concert Curtis gave with pianist Shiela Kibbe for BU’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Each song has a moving autobiographical undercurrent: “Starting Here, Starting Now,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Feeling Good,” “Anyone Can Whistle,” “O Rest in the Lord,” “Were You There,” “Somebody Loves Me,” “Somewhere.” Curtis’s heroic vocal recovery helps us all put into larger perspective our own little problems and heartaches.
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