Photo: Eric Richmond
I Fagiolini is a British solo-voice ensemble specialising in Renaissance and contemporary music. It has released 19 CDs and 3 DVDs including the world premiere recording of the Striggio 40-part mass which won the Gramophone and Diapason early music awards in 2011.
Prince Carlo Gesualdo was one of the most intriguing composers of the late Renaissance. His private life, bizarre behaviour and the planned double-murder of his wife and her lover have added to this allure. I Fagiolini and director John La Bouchardière have created Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama – a site-specific evening of love, intrigue and chilling secrets as the long-awaited follow up to their successful collaboration The Full Monteverdi. This will be a major event in 2015. Tickets for the premiere performances are now on sale as part of the Barbican’s season – available here from the Barbican box office.
Venice at Carnival: the town doubled in size for weeks of misrule from St Stephen’s Day until Shrove Tuesday. The best musicians and commedia dell’arte groups were on first-name terms with princes, performing on the street but also in ticketed entertainments. I Fagiolini recreate an evening of such masques and musical mayhem: political caricatures; a comic boat trip, Andrea Gabrieli’s lament calling on the lagoon’s seafood to bewail the death of Willaert, and excerpts from Vecchi’s peerless madrigal comedy Amfiparnaso (Twin Peaks) introducing us to masked commedia characters Pantalone, the Dottore, the Spanish captain and more.
Wednesday 8 October, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall