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I Fagiolini

Au Naturel

Nature Unwrapped

Sat 25 Apr
Classical

I Fagiolini

Au Naturel

Nature Unwrapped

Spring
Monteverdi O primavera, gioventù dell’anno
Le jeune Revoici venir du printemps
Britten Lenten is come
Janequin Le chant des oiseaux (semi-staged)
Summer
Schutz Die Himmel erzählen
Howells The summer is coming
Janequin La Chasse (semi-staged)
Autumn
Rheinberger Abendlied
Brahms Im Herbst
De wert Ascendente Jesu in naviculam
Winter
Poulenc Un soir de neige
Hughes Sun, New Moon and Women Shouting

‘I Fagiolini’s consort and solo singing are exemplary.’ Gramophone

‘This is serious musicianship that never takes itself too seriously – the Holy Grail of concert-going’ The Spectator


As the focus on climate change grows, I Fagiolini sings of nature and the passing of the year in a programme inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s The Seasons.

From Monteverdi’s springtime of love to Howells’ masterpiece The Summer is Coming, Brahms greets autumnal old age while Poulenc’s metaphorical winter is the France of World War II. With a foot-tapping ode to creation by Schütz as well as 1970s French jazz (Chanson d’Automne), I Fagiolini weaves a rich aural tapestry spanning six centuries.

Framing each of the seasons is an a cappella masterwork. De Wert’s ‘seasick motet’ is an unsettling depiction of Christ calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee, whilst Leighton’s setting of Gerald Manley Hopkins’ The world is charged is a choral classic. Renaissance naughty boy Clément Janequin’s two theatrical soundscapes, Song of the birds and The Hunt, complete the quartet and are semi-staged by I Fagiolini in a perfect counterpoint to Brueghel’s images.

The year comes full circle with Ed Hughes’ vivid account of Inuit women lifting their new-born babies to catch the sun’s first rays after the long winter.

Brueghel and I Fagiolini invite you to pull up an armchair (or dog-drawn sleigh), while they gather in the musical harvest. Art through the prism of Music.


Date & start time:Sat 25 Apr – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One
Price:£19.50-£39.50
+ £3 booking fee.

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