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.

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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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4 Star Couperin Disc Review In The Guardian

Couperin: Lecons de Tenebres, etc CD review – ravishing tribute by early music’s finest voices

Elizabeth_Watts_credit_Marco_Borggreve “Two of the UK’s finest early music voices divvy up Les Leçons de Ténèbres – outrageously sensual liturgical lamentations written by François Couperin for Holy Week in 1714. In the first lesson, Lucy Crowe is ecstatic and golden, ravishing in her upper flourishes and the way she pushes and lingers on those achy-sweet dissonances. In the second lesson, Elizabeth Watts is grainier, softer-edged, earthier. When they sing together in the third lesson, the combination is breathtaking. Instrumental playing from La Nuova Musica under conductor David Bates is delicate and much more deadpan, providing a semblance of chasteness. A major bonus is the deft and elegant violin playing of Bojan Čičić in two sonatas by Sébastien de Brossard. (Brossard was a French composer a few decades older than Couperin and, incidentally, authored the first musical dictionary). The disc ends with succulent choral singing in Brossard’s Stabat Mater.”

Kate Molleson – The Guardian

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

A Royal Trio Is Named Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’

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A Royal Trio has been named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine’s November 2014 issue.

We are delighted that our latest Harmonia Mundi release, with countertenor wizard Lawrence Zazzo, was recently chosen by Gramophone Magazine for their monthly shortlist. The disc has met with universal acclaim (see our reviews section) and we are looking forward to presenting the programme at this year’s Beaune Festival in France.

A Royal Trio Released TODAY!

We are really excited that our latest Cd with harmonia mundi USA and the wizard countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is released today. We had a wonderful time researching, rehearsing, performing and recording this album of arias by G F Handel, Ariosti, and Bononcini.  Please get a copy asap, and let us know what you think!