The foreign press on Misteria Paschalia
Add date: Wednesday, 19 April 2017
The foreign media had been interested in the Misteria Paschalia Festival long before the kickoff of this year’s 14th edition. The first text fully devoted to the Festival, and announcing its programme, appeared in late March in British "Catholic Herald". The author and a frequent guest at our Festival, Peter Quantrill, wrote: "For these seven days the city becomes an Oxford Circus of the early music world. [...] The churches and concert halls are packed, the audience diverse, hungry and informed."
The French L’OBS magazine published an article on the opening day of the Festival starting from the following assertion:“Ce 10 avril, le concert d'ouverture d'un des plus célèbres festivals de musique sacrée au monde est retransmis sur Mezzo, en direct de Cracovie.” (“It is 10 April, the inaugural concert of one of the most famous festivals of sacred music in the world is broadcasted by Mezzo, live from Krakow.”). It continues in a similar tone: “The Misteria Paschalia is one of the most beautiful presentations of the magnificence that can be found in sacred music, in addition to being one of the most important ones.”
Subsequent publications focused on particular concerts, just as the coverage of Wendesday’s “Il Terremoto” by Cathy Desmond from “Irish Examiner”, who compares the experience to looking at a Fra Lippi, Renaissiance painting come to life with a music sound track provided by the elegant and spirited Baroque ensembles (Le Poème Harmonique and Arte dei Suonatori). She finished her post generously praising the event: “The setting, the chiaroscuro lighting effects, the costumes and the dramatic performances made this quite unlike any oratorio experience I've had to date. Superb!”
One of the first in-depth and comprehensive accounts of Misteria Paschalia appeared late in the afternoon on the Festival Thursday, this time on the portal of an acclaimed radio station – France Musique. The author, Victor Tribot Laspiere, carried out numerous interviews with the performers and creators, including Vincent Dumestre, Dominique Visse and Robert Piaskowski, whose comments are woven into the article towards the final conclusion: “Et quel événement! 8 soirées d'exception réunissant la crème des ensembles baroques français.” (“What an event! Eight exceptional evenings bringing together the cream of the French Baroque ensembles.”)
Friday brought the report “Lecons des Tenebres” by Severine Garnier from “Le Parisien”, who recommends that every music lover should experience the Tenebrae, “right before midnight, they are performed in a church shrouded in semi-darkness by outstanding ensembles amid sole candlelight.” (“C’est une expérience que je recommande à tout mélomane: écouter les « Leçons des ténèbres » au milieu de la nuit, dans une église plongée dans la pénombre, jouées par d’excellents musiciens seulement éclairés par quelques bougies.”). According to the author, such atmosphere induced introspection while Claire Lefilliâtre’s wonderful emotional singing marked the meaningful silence between vocal parts, which brought out the spiritual experience.
This is just a foretaste and a preview of the articles, features and reports on the Misteria Paschalia Festival, which we expect to appear in the upcoming months. We will certainly provide music enthusiasts hungry for foreign reviews with further coverage of the Festival concerts.
Foreign press about our Festival:
Cathy’s Reviews (Cathy Desmond z Irish Examiner)
Classique Mais Pas Has Been (Severine Garnier z Le Parisien)