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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.”

Click HERE to read other reviews of this performance.

Classic FM Feature David’s Top 5

Classic_FM_square_logoWe are thrilled to announce that Classic FM have interviewed David Bates for their website in the run up to our St John’s Smith Square Concert of Acis and Galatea on 2 November at 7.30pm. They asked him to choose his five, favourite early music choral pieces and here are his choices:

The 5 best pieces of early choral music – according to an expert

By Elizabeth Davis

“David Peter Bates is the founder and artistic director of La Nuova Musica , an ensemble that specialises in performing music from the Renaissanceand Baroque eras. So it’s fair to say that he knows his early choral onions……..”

Click HERE Read the full article on Classic FM’s website

A link to David Bates’ Diary

Here is a link to David’s personal website as a conductor and particularly his diary of appearances around the globe.

2015/16 Season Brochure Available Now

2015_BrochureWe are proud to announce our first ever season brochure, covering the autumn/winter period. Some of the dates have already been available from our website, but you will also find additional details on casting, box office, past and future recording projects et al. [Read more…]

LNM To Launch New Friends Scheme

On the occasion of the start of its self-promoted SJSS concert series, on the 20th March LNM launched its new Friends Scheme. It offers a variety of options, from memberships for music-loving teenagers for as little as £30 a year, through to the Centurion circle for those who would like to play an active part in our organisation.

For more information please go to our Support Us page.

LNM To Return To Wigmore Hall In 2015/16

Bejun Mehta

Bejun Mehta

Following its highly celebrated hall debut last season in Conti’s ‘L’Issipile’, LNM will return to Wigmore Hall in 2015/16 with two concerts.

On Nov 30, we  team up with one of the most celebrated countertenors of today, Bejun Mehta, in an aria programme of works by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel et al.On Dec 14, we will present Antonio Cesti’s 17th Century opera ‘Orontea, which we performed last summer at the Innsbrucker Festwochen. [Read more…]