A Royal Trio (2014)

Handel, Bononcini, Ariosti

La Nuova Musica, Lawrence Zazzo

David Bates

On 27 July 1719 the Royal Academy of Music was established as joint-stock company by a prestigious group of seventy-three British aristocrats. George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) had been living permanently in or near London for seven years, so it was logical for the Academy to appoint him as their salaried ‘Master of the Orchester’. He was issued a warrant by the Duke of Newcastle (the Lord Chamberlain and the governor of the Academy) to travel to the continent to recruit a suitable company of singers: in Dresden he hired the soprano Durastanti (who had sung for him in Rome and Venice, 1707–09) and the bass Boschi (who had also sung for Handel in Venice and in his first London opera Rinaldo in 1711); the Academy had stipulated that Handel should hire the castrato Senesino, who joined the new company a few months late because he first had to contrive craftily to have his contact with the Elector of Saxony terminated. Closer to home, Handel recruited the English singer Anastasia Robinson, who retired from the stage in June 1724 after her secret marriage to the Earl of Peterborough (an Academy director).

The new opera company eventually opened for business on 2 April 1720 with a performance of Giovanni Porta’s Numitore at the King’s Theatre on the Haymarket; the theatre had been built a decade earlier by the great architect and Royal Academy subscriber Sir John Vanbrugh. For the next few seasons the Royal Academy of Music produced a bal- anced programme of works mostly by its double-act of imported foreign composers, the Saxon harpsichordist Handel and the Modenese cellist Giovanni Bononcini (1670–1747). The latter’s music was already popular in London: his Neapolitan opera Il trionfo di Camilla (1696) had been performed in London sixty-three times between 1706 and 1709, and un- successful attempts were made to bring him to London in 1707. In 1719 Lord Burlington (a Royal Academy director best known to posterity for his architectural endeavours such as his Palladian villa at Chiswick) travelled to Rome and personally hired Bononcini for the Royal Acade- my’s 1720/21 season. 

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La Nuova Musica

La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to reinvigorating the music of the European Renaissance and Baroque. In less than seven years since its foundation by director David Bates, it has shot to prominence in the UK and abroad, described by BBC Radio 3 as “one of the most exciting consorts in the Early Music field” and receiving the classical category nomination at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts/The Times Breakthrough Awards. La Nuova Musica has appeared at venues including Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, and at the Aldeburgh, Spitalfields and London Handel festivals, where it enjoys strong creative relationships and fast-developing audiences. In 2011, La Nuova Musica signed a five-record deal with harmonia mundi USA. The first recording, of Handel’s Il Pastor Fido, was released in March 2012 and instantly applauded by The Times for its “untrammelled gusto”. The second, of settings of Dixit Dominus by Handel and Vivaldi, was released in April 2013. Forthcoming releases include music by Charpentier and Carissimi, and a collaboration with the countertenor Lawrence Zazzo.

 

Lawrence Zazzo

 

Born in Philadelphia, American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo studied English literature at Yale University, music at King’s College, Cambridge, and voice at the Royal College of Music, London. As an opera singer, he has performed throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Berlin Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, La Monnaie Brussels, Vienna, Zurich, Lyon, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Glynde-bourne, Seville, and Santa Fé. He has worked with leading conductors in both early and contemporary music including René Jacobs, William Christie, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Trevor Pinnock, Christopher Hogwood, James Conlon, Peter Eötvös, and Thomas Adès, and regularly appears in concerts and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Versailles, Edinburgh Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Musikverein. His CD and DVD recordings include Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Serse, Partenope, Riccardo Primo, Griselda, Saul, Deborah, Messiah, Byrdland, Lunarcy, Lotario, Fernando Ré di Castiglia, Chichester Psalms, Stabat Mater, Apollo et Hyacinthus, and Mitridate. 

David Bates

The success of La Nuova Musica has marked out David Bates as one of Europe’s most exciting and creative directors of Baroque music and as a figurehead for a new performing generation. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, David Bates initially embarked on a professional singing career. He appeared at Glyndebourne Opera and English National Opera and performed as a soloist for Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mark Minkowski, Andrea Marcon and Nicholas McGegan. Since founding La Nuova Musica, praise for David Bates’ artistic vision and direction has been unanimous. He has been hailed as a “brilliant young music master” (Eastern Daily Press), and described as “breathing life, meaning and shape into every phrase” (The Times).
Recent projects have included Giulio Cesare at the Opéra de Paris (musical assistant to Emmanuelle Haïm), Acis and Galatea at Iford Arts (musical assistant to Christian Curnyn), artist in residency at Musique Cordiale, France, and a recording project with countertenor Lawrence Zazzo. Forthcoming projects include La Calisto (Cincinnati Opera, USA) and Orontea (Innsbruck Festwochen).

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A Royal Trio (2014)

Handel, Bononcini, Ariosti

La Nuova Musica, Lawrence Zazzo

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A Royal Trio (2014)

Handel, Bononcini, Ariosti

La Nuova Musica, Lawrence Zazzo

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Overture from Vespasiano
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Rompo i lacci from Flavio
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Così stanco Pellegrino from Crispo,
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Sinfonia from Admeto
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Va tacito from Giulio Cesare
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Io son tradito - from Ottone
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Tanti affanni - from Ottone
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Per la gloria d?adorarvi - from Griselda
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Freme l?onda from Il naufragio vicino
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Voi d?un figlio tanto misero - from Coriolano
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Torrente che scende - from Crispo
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Introduzione (Ballo di Larve) from Admeto
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Chiudetevi miei lumi - from Admeto
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Sinfonia from Admeto, act ii
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Vivi, tiranno - from Rodelinda,
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