New York Times

New York Times | Sep 16 2013

A Rap Imprimatur on Mythology, Exploring Hunters and Hunted. 

New Vintage Baroque Gives Modern Twists to Diana’s Legend


“Mr. Balliett’s vivid cantata concluded a thoughtfully conceived program, inspired by Diana and presented by the fresh-faced ensemble New Vintage Baroque.”

“Mr. Balliett’s texts, which he delivered with emotive precision using a microphone, reflected the pacing and mood of Ovid, with contemporary twists and instrumental interjections that mirrored the words. An agitated string accompaniment added tension to the heated verbal depiction of Actaeon’s being chased and devoured by his hounds.”

“The music making was polished and expressive throughout the intermissionless program, divided into sections: ‘The Deeds and Nature of Diana,’ ‘The Sacred King and His Tanist’ and ‘Diana the Lover.'”

“The nine-member instrumental ensemble played the Overture from Charpentier’s ‘Actéon’ and Rebel’s ‘Caractères de la Danse’ with buoyant pulse and appealing energy.”

“The soprano Mary Feminear and the mezzo soprano Thea Lobo sang expressively in selections from Nicolas Bernier’s “Nymphes de Diane.” The tenor Owen McIntosh proved a charismatic interpreter in excerpts from Bernier’s “Aminte et Lucrine.”