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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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.

Scenting The Musical Senses

4160TuesdayLa Nuova Musica are delighted to announce an exciting sensual collaboration with Sarah McCartney of 4160Tuesdays who will scent our performance of Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square on 2 November 2015.

Sarah has created three scents: Galatea, Acis and Polyphemus and shared with us the inspiration behind her creations:

“A few years ago I read about the way early music was scented and wanted to give it a try, bearing in mind that people’s exposure to smell has changed completely over the last 150 years.

In Handel’s time scents abounded – from animals, lack of public hygiene, both personal and civic, and from expensive perfumes used by wealthy individuals and establishments, including the church.

An opera would have been intensely scented, both accidentally and on purpose.
Posies drowned out the stench of the street; dried flowers and incense created a suitable atmosphere, the wealthy powdered their hair and clothes with costly iris root, and kept deterred fleas and moths with patchouli. [Read more…]