Flórez’s Recital – RFH, London: Brief Impression!
Juan Diego Flórez’s Recital at the Royal Festival Hall, in London, yesterday, 20.01.2011: Appropriate to mention, as I recently reviewed his latest CD.
It was cold outside; I nearly froze crossing the bridge from Embankment to the Southbank Centre but it was worth it! I was not reviewing this concert but I was lucky to obtain a ticket and be there. Beyond magnificent! These were the words that my friend, sitting next to me, used to describe Flórez’s performance yesterday. It was true! Outrageously good singing: From Mozart to Rossini, Donizetti, Lalo and Verdi or modern songs by Luis Prado, Flórez was always spot on; sheer perfection, if there is such a thing, as even the “glitches” were perfect! The audience present at the Royal Festival Hall will know what I mean!
A word for the pianist, the excellent Vincenzo Scalera always brilliant in the background and very much in tune with Flórez ‘s artistry.
The mood was festive at the end of the concert, contrasting this morning with the grey, dull, slightly boring weather outside of my window (Sigh!). I suppose it means back to harsh realities of daily life, after an evening of glorious feasting on my classical music and opera addiction! Attitude: Less positive; not negative but perhaps slightly annoyed that such moments of beauty cannot repeat themselves every single day.