La Nuova Musica
Arias by Handel, Bononcini & Ariosti
Radio 3 In Tune interview (approx. 1hr in)
Founded in 1719 as the first opera company in the English-speaking world, the Royal Academy of Music commissioned and premièred some of the finest 18th-century operas, including Handel’s Giulio Cesare. On this exciting album, 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.
Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra
Craig Hella Johnson
The Cloud of Unknowing
Songs of the Soul
Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare, soprano Estelí Gomez, baritone David Farwig, and the Victoria Bach Festival string orchestra in this first recording of three choral works by Robert Kyr (b. 1952). Exploring the relationship between human and divine love, his cantatas The Cloud of Unknowing (2013) and Songs of the Soul (2011) transfixed audiences and critics alike when Conspirare premiered them.
"A powerful new achievement in American music that vividly traces a journey from despair to transcendence"
The Wall Street Journal
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
This disc is an invitation to explore one of the great attractions of Venice in the Baroque era, the famous ospedali. Among the residents of the Pietà was a girl named ‘Pellegrina,’ for whom Vivaldi wrote many of his oboe concertos. Accompanied by her colleagues of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, oboist Xenia Löffler not only breathes new life into a selection of concertos by the ‘Red Priest’ – but also several by his emulators, among them a composer of today, no less fervent in his admiration: Uri Rom.view