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I Fagiolini | Fire and Ice

Categories: Concerts, Festivals, Period instruments
Tags: i fagiolini, monteverdi, turner sims concert hall

Tuesday 23 April, 7.30pm at Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Fire or ice? Spring or winter? April offers both as does Monteverdi, a composer who still towers over his time in his ability to move the listener – and to mould sound.

Fire and Ice offers the very finest of his a cappella miniatures: ‘O primavera’ seems to offer the hope of spring, ‘Rimanti in pace’ seems to combine the clarity of Palestrina with the passion of Puccini while ‘Lamento d’Arianna’ (with its famous ‘lasciatemi morire’) uses raw dissonance to scream its outrage. Breaking up these masterworks, accompanied solos and duets, from his rarely heard ‘Salve o regina’, the virtuosic ‘Parlo, misero’ and everyone’s favourite ‘Lament of the nymph’, a rhapsodic cry over a mesmerising repeating bassline.

As I Fagiolini looks towards its 40th anniversary, it returns to a life-long passion for the music of Monteverdi. Introduced by Robert Hollingworth (who also set up the podcast Choral Chihuahua and the Youtube series, Sing The Score), the group’s recordings, live work and films have been an inspiration to lovers of early music.


Claudio Monteverdi – O primavera, gioventú dell’anno, SV 68
Claudio Monteverdi – Rimanti in Pace, SV 74
Claudio Monteverdi – Lamento Della Ninfa, SV 163
Claudio Monteverdi – Sfogava con le stelle, SV 78
Claudio Monteverdi – Longe da te, cor mio SV 92
Claudio Monteverdi – Salve Regina, SV 326
Claudio Monteverdi – Cruda Amarilli, SV 94
Claudio Monteverdi – Era l’anima mia, SV 96
Claudio Monteverdi – Parlo, miser’o taccio?, SV 136
Claudio Monteverdi – Lamento d’Arianna (Secondo), SV107

Rebecca Lea – soprano
Martha McLorinan – mezzo-soprano
Matthew Long – Tenor
Frederick Long – Bass
Robert Hollingworth – Director / organ

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