Robert Hollingworth director
Renaissance music of sweet and strange beauty
Gesualdo Madrigals from Books 4, 5 and 6
Lassus Timor et Tremor
Monteverdi Rimante in pace, Ch’io t’ami
D’India Strange harmony of love
Tomkins, Weelkes English mannerism
and music by De Wert, Luzzaschi, Fontanelli, Marenzio
In Gesualdo’s 400th anniversary year, this concert offers his most powerful madrigals given context by similarly-minded avant-gardists of the time, offering a quite extraordinary evening of musical mannerism.
It's time to lay to rest to the lazy ‘truth’ that Gesualdo killed his wife, then lamented this in tortured music. Murdering your wife as a punishment for adultery was acceptable behaviour in 16th-century Italy and Gesualdo’s music focusses less on guilt and more on betrayal. Rather, the avant-garde nature of his music developed from a prolonged stay at the home of Italy’s hothouse of musical modernism, the court of Ferrara. In that highly experimental ethos, and surrounded by a brilliant vocal ensemble, Gesualdo took the late madrigal to undreamt-of extremes. His final works sound closer to Brahms or even Wagner, though in the dying embers of the Renaissance; what he meant by this has been misunderstood.
‘A composer of extraordinary genius, whose works still live as the passionate expression of a strange personality’. (Peter Warlock, composer)
This concert and The 24's on Sunday 24 November are part of an international conference marking the 400th anniversary of the birth Carlo Gesualdo. For more information about the conference, go to: http://gesualdo.co.uk/400/index.htm
£18; concessions £16; students £5
Joint ticket for this concert and for The 24 on Sunday 24 November: £23; concessions £19 (available through the Box Office only)