Young tenor, Mingjie Lei, a product of the prestigious Curtis Opera Theatre, displayed the voice and confidence of the up and coming Bel-Canto tenor that he is. His tones were bright, without an edge, sort of a soothing balm to the ears.
Daniel Knaack has provided valuable liner notes in the form of a dialogue about language and history and music between he and the two musicians, with one or two technical tips and tricks along the way.
The concert was a joy from start to finish. Aisslinn is not just a gifted Baroque violinist playing with true style and power, but a great performer and communicator whose energy and passion for the music set the audience alight
The tone of the evening could best be characterized as lugubrious, focusing upon suffering, torture, and martyrdom. The only moments of relief came in the joyful, celebratory choruses of St. Cecilia's spiritual triumph over evil and the father's forgiveness of his prodigal son.