“Benchmark Gluck that does the composer proud.”
”Gluck – Orfeo ed Euridice” performed by Iestyn Davies, Sophie Bevan, Rebecca Bottone and La Nuova Musica with its artistic director David Bates is BBC Music Magazine‘s Opera Choice – Christmas Edition! Read a glimpse of the review below!
“Conductor David Bates is, like Gluck, wonderfully radical. Where other directors smooth over disjunctions, he revels in rupture: warping standard tempos, switching mood abruptly, releasing massed forces to wash away solo lines. Recorded at St John’s Smith Square, London, this live performance has to negotiate the space’s acoustic in real time, and Bates adjusts gesture to optimise note decay. This is directorship at its most alert, and aiding Bates is an optimal cast.”
Photo by Andy Staples