Anyone got anything to say about the soloists? I have to say that for me this was one of the most deeply felt performances I've heard - the soloists were living the music, I thought.
I loved Calleja (after a dodgy start in the Kyrie, when I was seriously concerned about the rest of the evening, he warmed up beautifully and thereafter was just effortlessly lovely, with no forcing or showing off (! almost unheard of in tenors...)). Furlanetto had tremendous authority and really connected with the music but seemed a little under-powered at the bottom of his range. Him Indoors was really surprised at how low his voice sounded even on a middle C - I did say that being a bass is as much about the sound you make as the notes you reach - perhaps an expert could put this better for me? I didn't really like Pentcheva's voice much, but she was committed and accurate and the ensemble work was good. Re. Poplavskaya I really couldn't make my mind up - I have never ever seen a singer do backbends in a performance! I did think that her tone was lovely and again there was a real connection (she really did seem to be a penitent in agony!) but it was a real shame that she didn't quite make the notes in the Libera Me - she had to put too much power into the Bb (sorry, I have the Giulini recording and she just didn't compare on that note!) and unfortunately her final ascending pianissimo phrase over the choir was flat :-(((
However, picky picky pickiness aside, what a performance, and what a response from the hall! Bychkov was PHENOMENAL.
ps should I have put this somewhere else?