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Concerts

BRITTEN SINFONIA AND THE MARIAN CONSORT: RENAISSANCE MODERNS

Performers

Britten Sinfonia
The Marian Consort
Thomas Gould
leader
Huw Watkins
piano
William Cole
conductor
Sound Intermedia
electronics

Programme

Binchois (arr. for strings by Lisa Illean)
Two chansons
Dunstable
Regina Caeli
Thomas Adès
Darknesse visible
Lisa Illean
Arcing, stilling, bending, gathering (UK premiere, Britten Sinfonia co-commission)
Interval
Lusitano
Heu me Domine
Allor che ignuda
Gesualdo
Moro lasso
Hei mihi Domine
Sparge la morte
Brett Dean
Carlo
Plus a pre-concert screening of Werner Herzog’s 1995 film, Gesualdo: Death for five voices.

The radical spirit of 16th-century composer Carlo Gesualdo is the point of departure for this programme of ancient and modern music.

In the madrigals and motets of the notorious aristocrat, murderer and composer, we hear extremes of expression and harmonies that even today sound fresh and surprising. Australian composer Brett Dean’s gripping Carlo for string orchestra and electronics paints a dark psychological portrait of the composer, and in a pre-concert screening we explore the composer’s life through the idiosyncratic documentary Death for five voices by cult filmmaker Werner Hertzog. It’s also fascinating to hear the motets of Gesualdo’s lesser-known African-Portuguese predecessor, Vicente Lusitano, whose music is even further away from the classic Renaissance sound.

The first half delves back further still to 15th-century Flemish and English music and culminates in the newest piece in the programme, a European premiere by another Australian composer, Lisa Illean, whose haunting new work offers fleeting glimpses of transparent tapestries of sound.

The pre-concert screening of Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices begins at 5.45pm, Milton Court.