There are lots of new and attractive things happening in the UK related to music and arts. In this line, the Wigmore Hall has caught the attraction of music enthusiasts by conducting La Nuova Musica. In this concert, the musicians presented Antonio Cesti’s Orontea. It is really worth to know about the interesting character of Cesti, who lived from 1623 to 1669. He became popular at a young age of 14 years, and got interested in wilder things and joined in a group of music artists. Later on, he went to opera and created a new form of art.
Cesti was kicked out as a monk for leading an irregular life and went to Innsbruck. It was that time Orontea was written. He then moved to Rome, where he was insulted by making him work in the Papal office. After that, he managed to come to France, where Orontea became very famous that it was presented in 20 cities in a span of 20 years. Then, the copies of Orontea remained lost until these were found in Bologna and Cambridge. Ten years ago, the benchmark recording was done by René Jacobs.
La Nuova Musica did an excellent job by presenting the Orontea by taking a cue from the René Jacobs, thanks to the lead conductor David Bates. There were lots of musical instruments used to present the concert. Some of the instruments to be mentioned here are harpsichords, theorbos, violins, viola da gambam barque guitars, violin, etc. Before the start of the show, the audiences were given complete printed texts for easy verification. Some people mentioned that they were unable to read the texts from their places.
Apart from the instrumentation, vocal renditions were clear that simply enhanced overall presentation. If you want to know more about the upcoming concerts and shows in Wigmore, you can simply go through Wigmore Hall website. We can hope the future presentation of La Nuova Musica will be as good as the past.
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With more funds being approved, the idea of building a sophisticated concert hall for London is nearing to get realization or materialization. Even before making the inaugural feasibility study, there were wider opinions that the new concert hall would be linked to Barbican, which is current London museum site. This is old news, and what is more interesting is the emerging news about this proposed hall. Major protests can come from public and media due to the whopping money involved in constructing this building. The cost of the new hall estimated is at least £278 million.
But what is more worrying is that the protest is coming from the people within the industry with different vested interest. Whatever the reasons, arts has been a major part of London’s heritage. A mess in London arts cannot impact the arts in other parts of the world. Additionally, the London’s arts also play a significant role in the economic and political stability. One should know how the France’s arts industry took a big leap after constructing the Philharmonie building. This building has an excellent infrastructure with stunning acoustics.
London’s hall will not be just another hall in the city, but it will stand out from the rest and will serve its purpose for next 100 years. Though London has many small halls and venues such as Milton court and Wigmore Hall, etc. there is nothing like Philharmonie type buildings. There is no doubt that it will take a few years to begin the construction of the new concert hall. However, the government should look its way to collect the funds for construction. Some people are worried about the country’s fighting against Syria that will severely cost the country’s fund.
According to many people, fighting just creates enemies and arts can make new friends. The big project of London concert hall is certainly a great thing, and that should be materialized for the sake of the country’s pride and heritage.
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