The sensuous harmony and heart-wrenching poetry of the Italian Renaissance, groundbreaking in its time, continues to ensnare the imaginations of composers and performers today. In Tears of a Lover, the Fieri Consort explores the theme of love’s torments from a 21st-century perspective, through the work of the great composer Claudio Monteverdi, and through The Turn, a reflection on Monteverdi’s famous Lamento d’Arianna by contemporary composer Benjamin Rowarth.
Fieri’s debut album, produced by John Rutter was featured as BBC Music Magazine’s choral album of choice in April 2018.
“The startling chromaticism and momentum of the Ingegneri and Marenzio works shines through to complete this accomplished recital- a reflection not only of Monteverdi, mortality and magnitudes, but of a group that gives some of the best in the business a run for their scudi.”- BBC Music Magazine, April, 2018
Hear it and weep: this unlikely melding of 16th and 21st century styles works well, with Monteverdi’s harmonic inventiveness mirrored by Rowarth’s bolder language. The rich, resonant recording helps, appealing sleeve art too a winner.” – The Arts Desk, February, 2018