St Christopher

In the shadow of Gesualdo - Marian Consort
Event 13
Saturday October 20th, 3.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Italian Renaissance music for choir
Jacob Handl
Mirabile Mysterium
Giaches de Wert
Peccavi super numerum
Claudio Monteverdi
Adoramus te – Zefiro Torna e il bel tempo
Wolfgang Rihm
Two Motets from Passions-Texte
Carlo Gesualdo
Tribulationem et dolorem – Sento che nel partire – Luci serene e chiare – Dolcissima mia vita – Moro, lasso, Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday: Recessit Pastor noster, Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday: Tenebrae factae sunt

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

MARIAN CONSORTEmma Walshe, Gwendolen Martin soprano;  Rory McCleery  director, countertenor;   Nick Pritchard, George Pooley tenor;  Rupert Reid baritone;  Christopher Borrett bass

Experience the musical glories of the Italian Renaissance, both secular and spiritual.  We feature Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, whose wonderful music just isn’t heard enough.  Even some Monteverdi fans look blank if you mention him; he’s mainly known for killing his wife and her lover in flagrante delicto

Passionate in his music as in his life, he carried Monteverdi’s expressiveness to another level, using highly chromatic passages to express emotional extremes of love, pain, ecstasy or guilt.  His ravishingly beautiful music pierces the soul with exquisite harmonic shifts and sudden dissonances.  The ground-breaking Tenebrae Responsories are among his finest works.  If you’re fond of Italian madrigals you’ll enjoy Gesualdo.

The programme includes other fine madrigalists – Monteverdi himself, de Rore, Luzzaschi and Handl – with complementary pieces from two composers of our own time, Gabriel Jackson and Wolfgang Rihm.

The Consort sings one voice to a part, allowing clearer textures and a subtlety of interpretation that illuminate the music for performer and audience alike.

The Marian Consort is a young and dynamic vocal ensemble, noted for its fresh approach. It draws its members from the very best young singers on the early music scene.  Robert Levett of International Record Review liked their “sweet timbre, immaculate tuning and clear diction”.

“These fine young singers represent, in the most positive way, the future of consort singing in this country” (Richard Hill, Cathedral Music Magazine).

It has released two CDs (a third in the pipeline), drawing outstanding reviews – a “flawlessly executed programme” and “performances that glow with golden purity and soul”.

For more information on the Marian Consort, click here.