Anna Crookes, Clare Wilkinson, William Purefoy, Nicholas Hurndall Smith, Matthew Long, Eamonn Dougan, Charles Gibbs singers/masks
Paula Chateauneuf lute, guitar
Catherine Pierron harpsichord
Robert Hollingworth director
The concert season opens with a high-energy trip to Venice at Carnival time – weeks of misrule enlivened by the best musicians and commedia dell’arte groups performing on city streets and in private palaces. I Fagiolini re-create an evening of masques and musical mayhem, with all the traditional, earthy humour of commedia: political caricatures; a comic boat trip, Andrea Gabrieli’s lament calling on the lagoon’s seafood to bewail the death of maestro Willaert, and excerpts from Vecchi’s madrigal comedy L’Amfiparnaso (Twin Peaks) with masked commedia characters Pantalone, the Dottore, Spanish captain and more.
‘[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
£18; concessions £16; students £5