7.30pm – c.9.30pm
Venue St Mary’s Church, North Bar Within
Tickets £26.00 (concessions £23.00, under 35s* £5.00)
James Weeks director
‘Quel augellin che canta...’
the EXAUDI Italian Madrigal Book
In recent years the vocal ensemble EXAUDI has received international acclaim for its brilliant and imaginative performances of 16th-century Italian madrigal repertoire, often paired with new madrigals by living composers. Here in Beverley they offer a (nearly) all-Renaissance programme, contrasting the sparkling virtuosity of the pastoral madrigal with the darker colours of the later expressionist style.
At the heart of this programme is an encounter between two of the madrigal’s greatest masters, Marenzio and Monteverdi, whose works in both lighter and more serious veins seem to shadow and echo each other, from twin settings of Quel augellin che canta to a pair of masterpieces: Marenzio’s Solo e pensoso, and Monteverdi’s Rimanti in pace.
Finally we hear two contemporary responses to the madrigal tradition, Salvatore Sciarrino’s breathtaking settings of Matsuo Bashō and Michael Finnissy’s dialogue with the tortured chromatics of Gesualdo.
“‘EXAUDI, the extraordinary ensemble of vocal virtuosi” Sunday Times