Robert Hollingworth director
A musical banquet of secular Renaissance dishes
Prepare your tastebuds for an assault on the senses by the vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, one of the University’s ensembles in residence. From France, amuses-bouches both suave and Rabelasian include John Fulljames’ staging of Janequin’s celebrated ‘Le chant des oiseaux’. Cross the Pyrenees for foot-tapping tapas and an actual ‘ensalada’ (implying a mix of languages and dance steps) from Valencia with strong Pythonesque overtones. Across the Mediterranean to Italy with a beautiful sweep of works including Willaert’s eulogy to a famous Venetian singer and Striggio’s to the ‘leopard’, Queen Elizabeth I. This aural feast ends with a selection from Monteverdi’s finest vintage: 1603 and his incomparable fourth book of madrigals.
‘[I Fagiolini] has carved out a niche for itself exploring some more ‘off-the-wall’ corners of early music in a style that is at once true to the period but communicative to today’s listener.’ Daily Telegraph
£17; concessions £15; students £5