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La Nuova Musica
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.
"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
“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