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May 2018
£23

Il Pastor Fido – Cambridge Early Music Festival

May 10|8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Luca Marenzio’s seventh book of madrigals (1595) is notable for drawing its texts from Guarini’s tragicomedy play Il pastor fido (The Faithful Shepherd). The collection is arranged to follow the courtship between two lovers, Amarilli and Martillo, and represents an important step between the 15th-century madrigal and 16th-century opera. It is said that ‘Marenzio broke a path along which Monteverdi could proceed’ and indeed the latter was strongly influenced by Marenzio’s work. Il Pastor Fido​ became a popular source of…

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£15

The Courtesan’s Gaze Salisbury

May 25|7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Martin’s Church, Salisbury, SP1 2HY United Kingdom + Google Map

The Courtesan's Gaze takes its name from the duet 'Begl'occhi' and is inspired by the famous and controversial portrait of Barbara Strozzi holding the viewer's gaze. Barbara’s father Giulio Strozzi led an academic study group for whom Barbara performed and composed music as a young woman. It has been believed for centuries that she also acted as a courtesan in this circle and was part of considerable scandal. Several satires were published about these musical and intellectual meetings where apparently…

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£15

The Courtesan’s Gaze Broadstone

May 26|7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Courtesan's Gaze takes its name from the duet 'Begl'occhi' and is inspired by the famous and controversial portrait of Barbara Strozzi holding the viewer's gaze. Barbara’s father Giulio Strozzi led an academic study group for whom Barbara performed and composed music as a young woman. It has been believed for centuries that she also acted as a courtesan in this circle and was part of considerable scandal. Several satires were published about these musical and intellectual meetings where apparently…

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June 2018
£18

The Unknown Traveller

June 9|6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Parish Church of Lady St Mary, Wareham
Dorset, BH20 4ND
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The Fieri Consort present a carefully picked selection of Italian madrigals ‘Englished’ by an unknown gentleman, published in the 1588 anthology Musica Transalpina, featuring works by Ferrabosco, Conversi, Marenzio, Lasso and Palestrina, as well as England’s own William Byrd. The intimate relationship between words and music was maintained as far as possible to demonstrate the key to the Italian madrigal form, and English composers took inspiration from the Italian style but made it their own. Hence the English madrigal was…

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£16

Amavi – Fantasias, madrigals and verse anthems by Michael East

June 10|7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Fieri perform their first collaboration with viol ensemble the Chelys Consort in a concert of Michael East's madrigals for viols and voices. East's fantasias for five viols tell a story of love, despair, triumph and repentance, here with pieces for voices and viols marking the 400th anniversary of his 1618 collection.   Tickets available from Angel Early Music, James Dace and Son, Allegro Music and Walthambury Stores

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The Courtesan’s Gaze

June 19|6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Courtesan’s Gaze takes its name from the duet ‘Begl’occhi’ and is inspired by the famous and controversial portrait of Barbara Strozzi holding the viewer’s gaze. Barbara’s father Giulio Strozzi led an academic study group for whom Barbara performed and composed music as a young woman. It has been believed for centuries that she also acted as a courtesan in this circle and was part of considerable scandal. Several satires were published about these musical and intellectual meetings where apparently…

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July 2018

The Courtesan’s Gaze

July 7|7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Encombe House, Dorset, United Kingdom + Google Map

The Courtesan’s Gaze takes its name from the duet ‘Begl’occhi’ and is inspired by the famous and controversial portrait of Barbara Strozzi holding the viewer’s gaze. Barbara’s father Giulio Strozzi led an academic study group for whom Barbara performed and composed music as a young woman. It has been believed for centuries that she also acted as a courtesan in this circle and was part of considerable scandal. Several satires were published about these musical and intellectual meetings where apparently…

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£20

Il Pastor Fido Brompton

July 15|4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Brompton Cemetery Chapel, Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road
London, SW109UG
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Luca Marenzio’s seventh book of madrigals (1595) is notable for drawing its texts from Guarini’s tragicomedy play Il pastor fido (The Faithful Shepherd). The collection is arranged to follow the courtship between two lovers Amarilli and Martillo and represents an important step between the 15th-century madrigal and 16th-century opera. It is said that ‘Marenzio broke a path along which Monteverdi could proceed’ and indeed the latter was strongly influenced by Marenzio’s work. Fieri will explore this connection through a selection…

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August 2018
£20

Fieri Consort & Tim Horton Gesualdo

August 3|7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St John the Baptist, Plush
Dorset, DT2
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Fieri Consort vocal ensemble Tim Horton piano Gesualdo Motets and Madrigals (Fieri Consort) interspersed with pieces by Stockhausen, Michael Berkeley and György Kurtág (Tim Horton) ~ Schubert Piano Sonata in D major D850 Fieri make their Plush debut alongside pianist Tim Horton for an innovative concert that mixes early music with repertoire from the present day. Carlo Gesualdo was a Renaissance composer who broke harmonic rules in ways that would not be seen again until centuries later. His motets and madrigals are interwoven with short piano pieces that are equally adventurous…

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October 2018

Out of the Shadows

October 7|3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St Paul’s Church, Percy Street
Alnwick, NE661AE
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Choral reflections on darkness and light. Out of the Shadows is an exploration of transgression, and humanity's journey towards redemption. Through the works of English and Italian composers, and the stark anachronism of American shape notes, the music guides us from the first moment of darkness in the fall of Man through to long-awaited forgiveness and rest. The music has been chosen for its originality and its otherworldly character; there are tender moments in the vivid musical depictions of sin,…

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