Orfeo ed Euridice CD Release

Iestyn Davies, Sophie Bevan, Rebecca Bottone, David Bates, La Nuova Musica

GLUCK – ORFEO ED EURIDICE

RELEASE OCTOBER 2019

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NOBLE SIMPLICITY AND CALM GRANDEUR

La Nuova Musica presents a new live recording of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, with countertenor star
Iestyn Davies singing the title role. Once created to reinstate the “noble simplicity and calm
grandeur” of ancient Greek culture, the opera continues to delight audiences with its direct and
unpretentious appeal, epitomized by the world-famous aria Che farò senza Euridice. This live
recording presents the original 1762 Vienna premiere version of the opera, with Gluck’s exquisite
evocation of the Elysian Fields from his 1774 Paris version as a small addition.

La Nuova Musica and its artistic director David Bates are among the most exciting young Baroque
ensembles of our times. For their first PENTATONE recording, they work together with three
exceptional vocalists: countertenor Iestyn Davies and sopranos Sophie Bevan and Rebecca Bottone. [Read more…]

4 Star Review in the Telegraph for Alcina

Joanna Lumley narrates Alcina at St John’s Smith Square, pictured her with soprano Rebbecca Bottone
(Photo: Nick Rutter)

 

Thanks to Ivan Hewett who gave our sold-out performance of Handel Alcina a 4**** review in the Telegraph:

“Regular readers of my reviews may have noticed a degree of impatience in the matter of baroque opera. I apologise, but all its convoluted plots inhabited by psychologically implausible characters, all its adherence to a rigid code of hierarchy and formality, all its sheer prolixity, are deadening weights on the beauties of the music and can make a performance seem a long tedious grind rather than a delicious sensual pleasure.

So I was well disposed towards conductor David Bates’s decision to present a semi-staging of Handel’s Alcina that eliminated one pointless subsidiary character and replaced the harpsichord-accompanied recitative that drives the narrative forward with a spoken narration, written by June Chichester and declaimed with elegance, wit and panache by no less a personage than Joanna Lumley.

The success of this experiment was instant. Only the most pedantic of purists could object…..”

 

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