"Three and a half stars
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra/Ensemble Voltaire; Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center; March 24.
I found many similarities between this performance and the last IBO concert I attended — both in positives and negatives. Again, I was taken aback at the joy these musicians seem to experience in their playing — it is both audible and visible. And again, their cohesiveness is their main strength. Yet, their liabilities were also the same as the last concert. This time it was soprano Kathryn Aaron who was covered up on a few occasions, along with both recorder players. The instances were intermittent in each piece, but severe enough to be noticed. Despite those shortcomings, I found many things pleasing, especially Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, which featured Allison Edberg (who had some wonderful extended runs in the first movement) and Kathryn Montoya on recorder. Also, the cantata, Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, was a beautiful setting of many different biblical Scriptures, all focusing on consolation surrounding death. The musicians’ efforts gave depth and respect to Bach’s faith, which was evident throughout the cantata.