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Friday 16 September | 7:45pm
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval
Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25) Box Office 01223 849004 and online https://www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/gesualdo-six
Owain Park, director | Guy James, countertenor | Joseph Wicks, tenor | Josh Cooter, tenor | Michael Craddock, baritone | Sam Mitchell, bass
The Flower of the Italian Madrigal
'Ingeniously programmed and impeccably delivered, with that undefinable excitement that comes from a
group of musicians working absolutely as one'
– Gramophone Magazine
Praised for their imaginative programming and impeccable blend, the Gesualdo Six formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge. They now have an international profile, performing at major festivals across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. Notable highlights include a concert as part of the distinguished Deutschlandradio Debut Series, a Wigmore Hall debut and tour of the USA in 2021, and collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet, London Mozart Players, Luxmuralis, William Barton and Matilda Lloyd.
The group released their debut recording - English Motets - on Hyperion Records in early 2018 to critical acclaim. Other releases include a festive album of Christmas favourites, Josquin’s Legacy and Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday.
'Exciting, inventive, vibrant'
– MusicWeb International
Their programme traces the evolution of the madrigal from Renaissance composer Bartolomeo Tromboncino, through Palestrina and Monteverdi to Gyorgy Ligeti. The pioneering Monteverdi led the way in a new expressive style of composition, emphasising words as much as harmony and laying the foundation for many of the stylistic conventions of the Baroque. Ligeti's Nonsense Madrigals parody earlier madrigals by using old compositional techniques as vehicles for humorous portrayals of texts from children's literature by Lewis Carroll and William Brighty Rands.
The Flower of the Italian Madrigal
Bartolomeo Tromboncino - Viva amor, viva el fuoco
Philippe Verdelot - Italia Mia
Jacques Arcadelt - Il bianco e dolce cigno
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Io son ferito, ahi lasso
Maddalena Casulana - Morir non può
Vittoria Aleotti - Al turbar de’ bei lumi
Alessandro Striggio - Misero Ohime
Luca Marenzio - Potrò viver io più se senza luce
Luca Marenzio - Senza il mio sole
Carlo Gesualdo - Felice primavera
Luzzasco Luzzaschi - Quivi sospiri pianti ed alti guai
Carlo Gesualdo - Moro, lasso
Claudio Monteverdi - Ch’ami la vita mia
Ronald Corp - Venite a intender
Judith Weir - Madrigal
György Ligeti - The Lobster Quadrille (from Nonsense Madrigals)
Arts Centre and Venue
Stapleford Granary is an arts centre built on the vision and values of the Association for Cultural Exchange: fostering cultural understanding – from local to worldwide, historical to contemporary - through education. Our cultural curiosity and passion for cross-arts collaboration lies at the heart of what we do, illustrated in our programming, artist residencies, research, workshops and exhibitions. Over the next 5 years, we’ll be exploring more ways to support our belief in the arts to change and enrich lives and envisage new ways of thinking.
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