April 20, 2020

Limelight reviews Gluck – Orfeo ed Euridice

“David Bates and La Nuova Musica give the score a highly expressive reading.”

”Gluck – Orfeo ed Euridice” performed by Iestyn Davies, Sophie Bevan, Rebecca Bottone and La Nuova Musica with its artistic director David Bates has been reviewed on Limelight.

“Thanks to Bates’ sustained, thoughtful phrasing, to the characterful horns and graceful obbligato playing from the flutes, oboes and cellos, to the brightly focused choral singing, Gluck’s opera feels as fresh and formally inventive as ever. The soloists are marvellous, beginning with countertenor Iestyn Davies’ intensely human Orpheus. Even toned and consistently gorgeous, he balances emotional involvement with classical restraint, heard to greatest effect in his quietly anguished Che farò senza Euridice. As is typical of Davies, every syllable means something, and he brings tremendous dramatic authority to the lengthy recitatives.”

Justine Nguyen

Read the full review on Limelight.

Photo by Sussie Ahlburg