Who is for him, who is against him?
I like much of what he has done. His 'Devil's Trill' was especially good, and I'd be interested to see what has happened to him since then.
Wonderful baroque violinist, particularly in recordings of the Biber Sonatas and the Bach concertos (including Bach double with a young Rachel Podger before she was well-known). 'Since then' - he doesn't play violin any more and conducts. As a conductor he has moved away considerably from the early repertoire including doing a Vaughn-Williams symphony cycle.
I have enjoyed him as violinist in small ensembles very early in his career. When he was widely known as "the bad boy of early music" I mostly avoided him although he made a clarifying foil for discussions about the sinuous lyricism of Rachel Podger's playing, particularly as seen in the Proms performance of the aforementioned Bach double. He's so unbelievably humble now it seems terribly mean spirited to say anything against him.
There is a lively and interesting interview on the Concertgebouw website, recorded earlier this year. Sorry I can't embed - need to learn - so here's the link.
I forgot to mention his Corelli Op.5 recording, which is in my view the best Corelli recording out there.
He got me playing Biber (although not as well as he does/did) and I loved the way he and Rachel Podger camped up the Bach Double with a few spontaneous-sounding ornaments.
Marvellous musician. Why on earth would anybody be against him?
Yes, I remember and loved his Corelli Op. 5. May he happy doing whatever fulfills him the most. Though personally, I miss his period performance violin playing (and some of you may know I am not really a fan of all HIP for many reasons-no offense intended as usual.)
There wasn't a controversy--"bad boy" was just something that was mentioned in articles about him during his first big peak of popularity. For me it's a convenient label for that time of his career but neither the label nor the rationale for it--the purported 'daring' improvisations in his performances--explain my lack of enthusiasm for his playing at that time. Rather I just found that he lacked the quality I found most valuable about better HIP violin playing: fine-grained speech-like rhetorical inflection.
He once punched my dog square in the face! Thus, I have to be against him.
Andrew Manze is one of my favorite violinists. I collect his recordings of violin sonatas. His Biber sonatas with his Romanesca ensemble is one of my favorite CDs in my whole collection. I love his Corelli sonatas, his Pandolfi, his Uccellini, his Handel, his Schmelzer....