Sacrifices (2014)

Carissimi, De Brossard, Charpentier

La Nuova Musica

David Bates

This reaction by French traveller André Maugars to music he heard at the Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso in Rome in 1639 almost certainly describes the work of Giacomo Carissimi (1605- 1674). Renowned as a composer at home and abroad, Carissimi was memorably described by his successor Pitoni as ‘very frugal in his domestic circumstances, very noble in his manners towards his friends and others ... of tall stature, thin, and inclined to melancholy’. Carissimi was born in the small town of Marino, fifteen miles from the centre of Rome. We know little about his musical education, but as the youngest son of a cooper, he was presumably the beneficiary of church schooling often made available to boys with strong singing voices. After working in Tivoli and Assisi as organist and maestro di cappella respectively, he was appointed to the Collegio Germanico in Rome at the age of just 23.
Very quickly thereafter he became maestro di cappella, a prestigious post previously held by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Conditions at the well-funded Jesuit college were excellent and Carissimi stayed for the remainder of his life, during which time he became arguably Europe’s most admired composer. His fame grew not through publishing or self-promotion, but via countless hand-written copies of his music being transported across the continent by his many students and admirers. From Purcell’s London to Buxtehude’s Lübeck, the work of Carissimi came to be regarded by the cognoscenti as the epitome of fine vocal style. When 17th-century musicians spoke of music in ‘the latest Italian manner’ it would have been the style defined by Carissimi they often had in mind. This fame and respect led naturally to offers of employment, including one enticing opportunity to succeed Monteverdi as maestro di cappella at San Marco in Venice. Carissimi seems to have appreciated life at the Collegio Germanico however, and all such offers were turned down.

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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.

 

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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Sacrifices (2014)

Carissimi, De Brossard, Charpentier

La Nuova Musica

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Recording location: St. John's Smith Square, London, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK.
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Symphonie pour le Graduel ajoute a la Missa Gaudeamus Omnes de Fran?ois Cosset (re majeur), SdB. 229
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Le Reniement de Saint Pierre , H. 424 - Cum caenasset Jesus
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Le Reniement de Saint Pierre , H. 424 - Ecce Judas
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Le Reniement de Saint Pierre , H. 424 - Tunc respexit Jesus Petrum
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Symphonie pour le Graduel ajoute e la Missa S. Antonii Padovani de Bartholomeo Baldrati (Sol Mineur)
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Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Cum centum esset annorum Abraham
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Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Abraham, Abraham!
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Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Et pergentes pariter
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Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Et reversus Abraham ad pueros suos
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Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - i.
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Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - ii. Rondeau
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Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - iii. Rigaudon
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Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - iv.
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Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - v.
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Historia di Jephte - Cum vocasset in proelium
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Historia di Jephte - Incipite in tympanis
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Historia di Jephte - Cantemus omnes Domino
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Historia di Jephte - Cum vidisset Jephte
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Historia di Jephte - Plorate colles
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Historia di Jephte - Plorate, filii Israel
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