Reviews of Handel Orlando concert

Handel Orlando

St John’s Smith Square

01/02/18

 

Geoff Brown for The Times 4****

“Still, there’s one way to bring sense to Orlando, one of the baroque period’s numerous dips into the bran tub of Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso. You do it in concert. You secure the impassioned countertenor Lawrence Zazzo for the title role. Lucy Crowe, lustrously powerful, signs on as the princess, Angelica. Bright talent fills out the cast and David Bates’s La Nuova Musica fiddle, blow and tinkle with their usual pristine panache.”
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Sam Smith for MusicOMH.com 5*****

“The orchestra, conducted by its artistic director David Bates, played with a shimmering refinement that enabled lines to be delineated clearly without the output ever feeling anaemic. The balance, sensitivity and attention to detail were frequently staggering, and the various solo instruments cut through the air with spellbinding precision.”
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Robert Hugill for Planet Hugill  5*****

“David Bates directed a finely crafted performance from La Nuova Musica with many individual players contributing fine solo moments in addition to the wonderfully engaged sense of communal spirit.”
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Nahoko Gotoh for Bachtrack 4****

“The orchestra, directed from the harpsichord by Bates, played with incisiveness, precision and disciplined ensemble. […] it was gratifying to see St John’s Smith Square packed with enthusiastic fans and supporters who seemed to enjoy it as much as I did.”
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Alexandra Coghlan for The Arts Desk

“There’s a flamboyance and excess to period band La Nuova Musica’s style that’s all their own. Director David Bates favours broad dynamic contrasts, extrovert musical drama and lashings of ornamentation.”
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New Marketing and Communications Manager appointed

We are delighted to announce that La Nuova Musica (LNM) has appointed Mark Bamping to the new role of Marketing and Communications Manager, effective immediately.

Mark Bamping joins La Nuova Musica as Marketing and Communications Manager having held previous positions at London Symphony Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra. Mark began his career in 2008 as part of the LSO’s Development department where he worked in corporate sponsorship, overseeing the orchestra’s major partnerships with companies such as UBS, Toshiba and Canon. In 2013, Mark joined Aurora Orchestra taking up the newly created position of Director of Engagement with responsibility for fundraising, marketing and communications.

Mark graduated from the University of Southampton with a first class Music degree. During his time in Southampton, Mark was a Choral Scholar and President of the university’s symphony orchestra. Mark lives in the West Midlands with his wife, and he enjoys walking, cooking, and brewing beer.

Mark can be contacted by email: info@lanuovamusica.co.uk

New General Manager – Thomas Morgan Joins The LNM Team

Thomas Morgan General Manager of La Nuova MusicaLa Nuova Musica (LNM) has appointed Thomas Morgan as its new General Manager.  Thomas joins from the internationally renowned Wigmore Hall where he was part of the leadership team that has overseen its unprecedented growth and expansion over the last ten years.  Thomas will take up the position in January 2018.

At Wigmore Hall, Thomas has worked in artistic planning, operational management, fundraising and publications.  He started his career at St. John’s Smith Square after studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds University.  Thomas was Head Chorister at Winchester Cathedral.  He has lived and worked in France and Japan and is married with two boys. [Read more…]

Mary Bevan Sings Laudamus Te

Listen to Mary Bevan singing Laudamus Te (Mozart Mass in C Minor) during the rehearsal for our recent concert at St John’s Smith Square.

This video was first shared on Classic FM.

Monteverdi Concert At Spitalfields In December 2017

2nd December 2017 @ 17:00

We are delighted to announce that we are taking part in Spitalfields House of Monteverdi Marathon with Erebus Ensemble. The highlight will be the operatic Scena, Il Combattimento to be sung by Ben Johnson.
The venue is St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, London

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2017-18 Season Preview

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New CD Release of Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Bach Cantatas BWV 54 & 170

Our new CD of Pergolesi  Stabat Mater and Bach Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 is released on harmonia mundi today. LNM favourites Soprano Lucy Crowe and Counter Tenor Tim Mead are the soloists and of course David Bates is the Artistic Director.

To purchase the CD please click here or on the CD image.

Two of Bach’s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater of 1736, the eighteenth century’s favourite sacred work. The gap between the austere Lutheran piety and searing Mediterranean emotionalism might seem unbridgeable. Yet Bach so admired the composition of his Neopolitan colleague that he made his own ‘parody’ of it to a German text. On this recording, La Muova Musica and it’s two eminent soloists display equal mastery of both idioms.

If you need any more gentle persuasion, here are two videos filmed by Fly On The Wall during recording sessions at All Saints East Finchley in London.

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New CD Release Of Leçons De Ténèbres by Couperin

We are delighted to announce that our new CD, Leçons De Ténèbres by Francois Couperin will be released on 9th September 2016.

Here is a film made during the recording featuring Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts

Martin Randall Travel Music Festival

logo-martin-randallLNM have just spent an enjoyable and successful week in Suffolk performing three very different programmes of music for Martin Randall Travel.

The first performance on the 13th May was our second performance this year of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and we welcomed back Dame Ann Murray, suitably majestic in the title role. Unlike our May performance at the Brighton Festival, we didn’t have our two dancers with us this time, but the music certainly spoke for itself in the intimate setting of the Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds. The Theatre Royal’s designer, William Wilkins (1778-1839), was an architect of national repute responsible for, amongst other buildings, the National Gallery in London and Downing College, Cambridge. He opened the Theatre on 11 October 1819.

Melford-Hall

On Tuesday we performed two performances of Blow’s Venus and Adonis in the beautiful National Trust property Melford Hall. Sophie Junker and Benjamin Appl sang the title roles.
Our final venue was the intimate Church of Holy Trinity in Long Melford for a programme of choral music including Schütz’ Musikalische Exequien and Henry Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary. [Read more…]

5 star Times review for Acis & Galatea

Thank you to Anna Picard who gave our performance of Acis and Galatea a five star review in the Times on November 5, 2015!
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“Pathos, bathos and balmy breezes ebb and flow in Handel’s “little opera” of 1718, Acis and Galatea. Composed for performance on a terrace at the Duke of Chandos’s estate, it mirrors the delicious artifice of the 18th-century garden. The duke had engaged a Huguenot hydraulic engineer to design his gardens. How perfect, then, to commission an entertainment in which a semi-divine nymph transforms her murdered lover into a fountain.
In keeping with the duke’s spendthrift aesthetics, David Bates and La Nuova Musica engaged the parfumier Sarah McCartney to decorate their performance with scents grassy, musky and, for the lustful giant Polyphemus, as acrid as the aftershave of a loan shark on the pull. The olfactory novelty wasn’t necessary in a reading that sparkled from the giddy overture to the consoling final chorus.
Directing from the harpsichord, Bates identified every detail that lovers of this work may have noticed on previous listening, bringing them to the fore, weaving them back into the texture, then pulling out another golden thread.
Led by Bojan Cicic, the orchestra produced a dizzying variety of dynamics and articulation: crisp, tender, witty, flirtatious and audacious. There were bold innovations (three cellos harmonising a recitative), honeyed obbligato solos from the oboist Leo Duarte and the recorder player Sarah Humphrys and tempos that skittered and swung seductively.
Most impressive was the pin-drop silence at the death of Ed Lyon’s virile, ardent, immaculately sung Acis. This was a beautifully cast consort performance, as elegantly shaped in the five-part chorus Wretched lovers as it was in the arias.
Stepping in for Katherine Manley, Augusta Hebbert sang Galatea’s arias with an unruffled, creamy tone and opulent decorations. The tenors Rupert Charlesworth and Nicholas Scott charmed as pragmatic Damon and foppish Coridon, while Christopher Purves was magnetic as the brutish, love-sick, furious Polyphemus.”

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