Old Instruments, New Musical Adventures
'terrifically animated, wonderful energy… gorgeous!'-
BBC Radio 3
'excellent musicianship and an admirable understanding of Baroque performance conventions'- Gramophone
‘engaging, entertaining…an enormous amount of atmosphere and character’– Opera News
L'Avventura London is a period-instrument ensemble dedicated to the exploration of Western musical repertoire from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Through a combination of brilliant virtuosity, passion, unbridled dramaticism, and an extensive knowledge of historical performance practice and its repertoire, L’Avventura London seeks to bring the joy of a new musical adventure to its international audiences.
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Brighton Early Music Festival on November 1:
Trade Roots: African and Brazilian music meet in a Portuguese Monastery: Read more
This concert will be recorded by BBC Radio3 for later broadcast.
Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music on 20 May: Year 1714: Stage and Song: Read more
Read preview in the Lufthansa Festival newsletter
Gulbenkian Musica, Lisbon on 5 May: 18th-century Portuguese Love Songs: Read more
The Queen's Chapel. St. James's' Palace on 8 April:
Music for a New Era
L'Avventura London Orchestra, Žak Ozmo cond., with Dame Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, and Chapelle du Roi
Fully staged modern premiere of Henry Fielding's smash-hit 1732 ballad opera The Lottery on 28 Feb. and 2 March: Read more
Read a review
York Christmas Early Music Festival on 10 December: Christmas at the Monastery of Santa Cruz: Portuguese 17th-century Villancicos and Romances Read more
Read preview from the York Press
Portuguese Love Songs was a featured recording on NPR's Harmonia programme: week of 11 February
'Superb and very, very sexy.' - Australian Limelight magazine about 18th-century Portuguese Love Songs
'I doubt that anyone with heart will be disappointed.' - Music Web International
'This CD comes with a health warning - the plethora of catchy melodies will fill your head with ear-worms for weeks to come.'
Early Music Review about 18th-century Portuguese Love Songs
We are pleased to say that the International accolades for our new CD are continuing to pour in: 5 stars and Editor’s Choice from Early Music Today, 5 stars (tuning forks) from the French magazine Diapason, 5 stars and among the 10 best classical CDs of 2012 from the Portuguese Público and much more!
You can read the review of our CD launch concert here
New Release: 18th-Century Portuguese Love Songs
Release date: 29 October
Performance for BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme: 21 November
Launch concert: 23 November
''Described by an 18th century English traveller as ‘the most seducing, the most voluptuous imaginable,’ the music of the Portuguese ruling classes appeared to cross all mortal barriers. It is, wrote William Beckford, ‘the best calculated to throw saints off their guard and inspire profane deliriums.’ Do not say you have not been warned.'' - Norman Lebrecht
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