A Royal Trio | Arias by Handel, Ariosti & Bononciniharmonia mundi HMU807590
A dazzling Royal trio. Founded in 1719 as the first opera company in the English-speaking world, the Royal Academy of Music commissioned and premiered some of the finest 18th-century operas, including Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Renowned American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is joined by La Nuova Musica and David Bates for a snapshot of the Academy’s hits circa 1725, featuring arias by Handel, Ariosti, and Bononcini.
“The music director (Bates) and countertenor (Zazzo) are a pairing made in Handel heaven.”
The Guardian (concert review)
harmonia mundi HMU807588
The birth of the Oratorio was thanks to Giacomo Carissimi and his exceptional setting of Jephte. Along side this trail blazer, LNM perform Oratorios by Carissimi’s Student M A Charpentier alongside delicious instrumental preludes by Sebastien De Brossard. Sebastien de Brossard: Sonate en trio
Sopranos: Sophie Junker, Mhairi Lawson, Alice Gribbin, Grace Davidson, High Tenors: Nick Scott, Daniel Auchincloss, Tenors: Simon Wall, William Balkwill, Thomas Heford, Baritone: James Arthur, Jonathan McGovern, Bass: Tim Dickinson, Violins: Bojan Cicic and Sabine Stoffer, Violas: Stephanie Helchelheim and Rachel Stott, Gamba: Jonathan Rees, G Violone: Timothy Amherst, Harpsichord/Organ: Joseph McHardy, Theorbo: Alex McCartney
Sebastien de Brossard: Sonate en trio
Carissimi – Historia di Jephte: “Plorate filii Israel”
Charpentier – Le Reniement de Saint Pierre:”Tunc respexit Jesus”
“Without the harrowing visual element one can more easily appreciate how intensely moving these cantatas are in their own right.
Sacrifice may be the theme but sensuality predominates.
Beautiful, cleanly etched singing and playing”
Richard Morrison - The Times, 26th July 2014
Dixit Dominus - Handel & VivaldiG. F. Handel (1685-1759) Dixit Dominus HWV232 | A. Vivaldi (1678-1741) Dixit Dominus RV807 | In furore iustissimae RV626
harmonia mundi USA HMU90758
David Bates leads La Nuova Musica in a pair of contrasting settings of Psalm 109 for harmonia mundi USA. Handel’s masterful and ambitious HWV 282 was penned in 1707 during a youthful visit to Italy. Vivaldi’s vivid and economical RV 807 (his third “Dixit Dominus”) was long mistakenly attributed to Baldassare Galuppi; it probably dates from the early 1730s. Rounding out the programme is Vivaldi’s dazzling motet for solo voice, in furore iustissimae irae, featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.
Vivaldi Dixit Dominus: Dominus a dextris tuis (Simon Wall tenor)
Vivaldi In furore: In furore iustissimae (Lucy Crowe soprano)
Handel Dixit Dominus: Et in saecula saeculorum
"The central solo cantata In furore giustissimae irae, RV 626, of Vivaldi will not be appearing on any amateur choral series; it's a punishingly difficult work, probably composed for the power of the male castrato, and it receives a speaker-shredding performance here from soprano Lucy Crowe. .....With clear studio sound from Harmonia Mundi, this release merits a place in any Baroque choral library."
James Manheim - allmusic.com
Handel: Il Pastor Fido (1712)G. F. Handel (1685-1759) Il Pastor Fido HWV8a (1712)
harmonia mundi USA HMU907585-86
For its harmonia mundi USA debut, La Nuova Musica and David Bates present a true rarity: the original 1712 version of Handel’s second London opera, Il Pastor Fido. Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of London’s Temple Church, this recording features a stellar young cast and brings back to life a score teeming with theatre and invention.
Nò! non basta a un infedele (AMARILLI Lucy Crowe soprano)
Occhi belli, voi sol siete (EURILLA Katherine Manley soprano)
Mi lasci, mi fuggi (DORINDA Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano)
‘The performance is exemplary, crisply conducted by David Bates and illuminated by stylish contributions from the soprano Lucy Crowe, the mezzo Madeleine Shaw and the countertenor Clint van der Linde.’
Rupert Christiansen - The Daily Telegraph