One of Europe’s most energetic new period instrument orchestras brings all its verve to three neglected masterpieces of the classical era.
Founded in 2012, Insula orchestra takes an invigoratingly new approach both to performance and repertoire. Mozart’s (actually far-from-solemn) Vespers form the centre of its London debut: but founder-conductor Laurence Equilbey makes an impassioned case for rediscoveries by CPE Bach and Zelenka.
Equilbey’s critically acclaimed Mozart is more than an end in itself: it’s a point of departure for further exploration. 'Unfettered' was how Diapason described Insula orchestra’s inaugural recording of Mozart’s Requiem, and it’s a quality that’s perfectly suited to this richly enjoyable programme, whether in the shamelessly dramatic Miserere by Bohemian maverick Jan Dismas Zelenka or the exuberant celebration of CPE Bach’s Magnficat.