7.30pm, Friday 12 August, 2011
A glimpse into the world of
Renaissance Italy, with repertoire
stretching from frottole to madrigals,
motets to mass settings, and dance
music to ricercari and canzonas. This
concert presents some of the music
studied by the international participants during the summer school week,
performed with viols, lutes, recorders and other Renaissance instruments.
... one item
was absolutely amazing. I knew that Willaert's Inviolata
a7 was an outstanding work - ...
As always, Philip Thorby inspired us, and he had the same effect at Cambridge. There were
seven fine singers: Annabel Malton, Selene Mills, Linda Gower, Richard Robbins, Victor Amaro,
Shinji Suzuki and Nick Webb.
The motet is for SSAATTB (in terms of clef, at least, though the top two parts sing no higher
than an octave above middle C). Three of the voices form a canon. It isn't an unrhythmic
cantus firmus and the performers made no didactic attempt to make this structure particularly
audible, though one could sense the difference between the slower and more active parts.
The music held the audience spellbound. I was sufficiently aware of the singers to sense
that this was one of those performances that got everything right but with nothing forced; ...
Read the complete review of this concert (pdf, opens in new window)
-- Clifford Bartlett, Early Music Review, rec'd 18 Oct 2011