Photo: Eric Richmond
I Fagiolini is a British solo-voice ensemble specialising in Renaissance and contemporary music. It has released 19 CDs and 2 DVDs including the world premiere recording of the Striggio 40-part mass which won the Gramophone and Diapason early music awards in 2011.
I Fagiolini’s ground-breaking collaboration with Australian contemporary circus company Circa returns to the UK in 2013. After sell-out shows last year, the show is visiting Hove (for the Brighton Festival) and Norwich (for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival) in May, and Salisbury Cathedral (for Salisbury International Arts Festival) and London (St Bartholomew the Great) in June.
I Fagiolini brings music from its CD 1612 Italian Vespers for a concert as part of the Chipping Campden Festival in the Cotswolds. The programme includes Gabrieli, Viadana, Monteverdi and Bassano. Tickets on sale now by phoning 01386 849018. Details on Chipping Campden Festival website.
In December 2012 I Fagiolini unveiled a new collaboration with Opera North and Matthew Robins in three sold-out concerts in London, Leeds and Warwick. The programme coupled one of JS Bach’s greatest motets Jesu meine Freude with David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion.
Receiving reviews in The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, and online in the Classical Music Magazine and Bachtrack blogs, glowing comments included:
“a rivetingly intense experience” The Telegraph, December 2012
“wonderfully assured performances” The Guardian, December 2012
“When the five excellent singers of Robert Hollingworth’s I Fagiolini sang magical unaccompanied Bach (the contrapuntal marvels of Jesu, meine Freude) and German and Danish carols at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival — their clear voices cut like icicles through the cold air of St Leonard’s Church.” Richard Morrison, The Times, December 2012
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s heartbreaking story, Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece takes its inspiration from Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and was animated with exquisite shadow puppetry by Matthew Robins. Threading the works together were delicate and evocative carols from Germany and Denmark, creating a poignant yuletide concert.
Produced by Opera North Projects. With support from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
A short film about the unusual performances of Striggio’s Mass in 40 Parts in York Minster in July 2012.