La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. Over the past ten years LNM has established itself as ‘one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field’ (BBC Radio 3).The ensmeble has performed repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart in reputed festivals and houses across Europe, including La Seine Musicale Paris, the Göttingen International Handel Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, and festivals across England.
La Nuova Musica regularly perform works of well-known composers as well as pieces that have been languishing in libraries for the past 300 years. The ensemble has breathed life into many forgotten compositions, including Conti’s final opera Issipile, duet cantatas by Agostino Steffani, a British modern day première of Cesti’s buffo opera Orontea, motets by Alessandro Grandi and a new programme of dramatic arias and scenes by Tomaso Traetta.
While this core repertoire lies between 1600 – 1800 the ensemble has recently initiated a commissioning series to champion living composers to write new works to sit alongside his specialist repertoire. It has already worked closely with composers including Nico Muhly (Lichfield Festival and Wigmore Hall), Luke Styles (Foundling Museum London and Aldeburgh Music Suffolk), Anna Thorvaldsdottir, (Spitalfields Winter Festival London), Edmund Finnis (St John’s Smith Square) and Cassandra Miller (Wigmore Hall).
La Nuova Musica has just started a new relationship with the boutique label Pentatone who will be releasing his latest disc of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Iestyn Davies and Sophie Bevan singing the title roles. The release will be in October 2019.
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