"I am Music, who in sweet accents can calm each troubled heart, and now with noble anger, now with love, can kindle the most frigid minds.”
These words by La Musica, an allegorical character from the prologue to Claudio Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo, symbolize the current musical changes at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. Gradually the stringent harmonic rules of polyphony make way for a more unrestricted and sophisticated music style that directly affects emotions and follows the written word.
The first collaboration between the historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and the Flemish Radio Choir conducted by Hervé Niquet, guides us from the origin of this musical revolution to the dramatic culmination point. Leaping from Mantua to Venice, from Giaches de Wert to Claudio Monteverdi, from polyphony to monody with instrumental accompaniment, the programme brings together expressive madrigals and evenly colourful sacred music, with one underlying theme: the bitterness of love.
Zefiro Torna Romina Lischka viola da gamba - Elise Christiaens violone - Bart Naessens organ and harpsichord - Jurgen De bruyn archlute and theorbo
Flemish Radio Choir
Hervé Niquet conductor