The Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six

Flower of the Italian Madrigal

Tuesday 26 January 2021, 19:30

Past Event
The Gesualdo Six Past Event


Vecchi Affrettiamoci tutti di fruire
Palestrina Soave fia il morir
Monteverdi Sfogava con le stelle
Selected works from ‘Il Trionfo di Dori’:
 de Macque Vaghe ninfe selvage
 Massaino Sù le fiorite sponde
 Anerio Sotto l’ombroso speco
 Giovanelli Quand’apparisti o vag’o amata Dori
Striggio Misero Ohime
Marenzio Senza il mio sole
Monteverdi Rimanti in pace
Orologio Omnia vincit amor
del Mel Madonna io non so far
de Monte Zefiro torna
Corteccia S’altri d’amor sospira
Gesualdo Felice primavera
Gesualdo Asciugate i begli occhi
Ligeti Selection from ‘Nonsense Madrigals’
Malvezzi Lieti solcando il mare


The Gesualdo Six
Owain Park director

In light of the coronavirus outbreak and current restrictions, this performance has been cancelled.

With full support from the ensemble, we are doing our utmost to support the national effort in reducing the spread of coronavirus, and the health and well-being of all our visitors, staff members, and visiting performers is our number one priority.

Bookers will be refunded with the full cost of their tickets and any drinks or programme vouchers. If you are a booker and you would prefer a Cadogan Hall credit voucher or if the card that you paid with is no longer valid, please get in touch with the Box Office on 020 7730 4500 (Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm) or via our online form as soon as possible.

Trace the evolution of the madrigal from Claudio Monteverdi to György Ligeti in this entrancing programme.

Monteverdi led the way in a new expressive style of composition, emphasising words just as much as harmonies – and breaking the rules as he went. Palestrina, Gesualdo and Marenzio feature alongside several works of the Il Trionfo di Dori, a collection of madrigals composed in honour of the wife of a Venetian nobleman.

Ligeti’s Nonsense Madrigals parody earlier madrigals by using old compositional techniques as vehicles for humorous portrayals of texts from children’s literature by Lewis Carroll and William Brighty Rands.

‘The sheer beauty of the group’s sound… is spellbinding.’

The Daily Telegraph

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