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Highlight of the Month


La Nuova Musica
David Bates


Spirituality and drama. David Bates leads La Nuova Musica in “Sacrifices,” a program of intensely dramatic oratorios from the middle Baroque: Giacomo Carissimiʼs Historia di Jephte; Marc-Antoine Charpentierʼs Sacrificium Abrahae and Le Reniement de saint Pierre, interspersed with instrumental music by Sébastien de Brossard.

Concert Reviews


"Directing from the organ, with instrumental interpolations drawn from Sebastien de Brossard’s violin music (soloist Bojan Cicic),  David Bates favoured slow tempi and luxuriant textures.   The overlapping dissonances of “In carmine doloris” were dizzying in the generous acoustic of ShoreditchTown Hall, underpinned by the baleful seam of cello, theorbos,  lirone, organ and harpsichord."
Anna Picard, The Independent reviews SACRIFICES at the Spitalfields Festival


"A tiny band of musicians, directed by David Bates, provided subtle orchestral colour of often heartbreaking poignancy while seven singers doubled as soloists and chorus. The small-scale forces lacked nothing in pathos, the acoustic of Shoreditch Town Hall resonant enough to fill out the sound without swamping it. On purely musical terms this was often exquisite…"
Nick Kimberley, The Evening Standard reviews SACRIFICES at the Spitalfields Festival

Recording Review


“This inspired coupling brings together three of the most powerful small-scale early oratorios … La Nuova Musica bring superbly straight tone, unerring tuning and plangent phrasing.”
Nicholas Kenyon, The observer – July 2014



Rameau 1764 - 2014 Boxset

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie

Rameau 1764 - 2014 Boxset

Les Indes Galantes
Castor & Pollux
Pièces de clavecin
Actes de Ballet

250 years after his death, Jean-Philippe Rameau continues to fascinate the musical scene the world over, as is shown by the number of new productions of his operas scheduled for 2014 and beyond. But the Dijon-born composer also owes some of his current popularity to the passionate advocacy of William Christie. This sumptuous box set collects all the Rameau recordings he made for harmonia mundi in the 1980s and 1990s. Its selection ofopéra-ballet, tragédie lyrique and harpsichord pieces highlights the multiple facets of an eminently classical œuvre, masterfully interpreted by this American-born musician who has become the foremost interpreter of 17th- and 18th-century French music. A must!




Céline Moinet, Sarah Christ


Some of the most famous scenes in the Romantic opera repertoire, revisited by two outstanding soloists, in an unusual instrumental combination (oboe and harp) that is nevertheless perfectly in keeping with the opera house. Alongside the evergreen ‘Meditation’ from 'Thaïs', Céline Moinet and Sarah Christ have assembled a multitude of composers and works to produce a programme that is sheer enchantment.


“a superlative recording. Céline Moinet is clearly one of the finest oboists in the world; this disc is of such consistent musical and technical quality as to hold the attention throughout…an astonishingly successful release on all counts.”
Robert Matthew-Walker, IRR OUTSTANDING, International Record Review, July/August 2012



Mozart after Bach

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Mozart after Bach

Adagios & Fugues



It has too often been overlooked that, between J.S. Bach’s death and the triumphant revival of his St. Matthew Passion by Mendelssohn, other composers had already investigated the oeuvre of this “old master.” Mozart was the most fervent among them. He once wrote to his father, “Every Sunday at twelve I go to Baron van Swieten’s and nothing is played there except Handel and Bach. I’m currently making myself a collection of Bach fugues.” On this release, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform Mozart’s string arrangements of Adagios and Fugues from Bach’s The Well- Tempered Clavier, bringing the work of two brilliant composers to life.




“Their playing is thoughtful and lucid, with telling use of dynamic shading and precise sifting of the polyphonic strands.”
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone – July 2014


“…The Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik offers an enterprising insight into Mozart’s fascination with Baroque counterpoint.”

Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine - August 2014