Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible | Coro COR16171

Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16171

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th April 2019

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About

The 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci falls on 2 May 2019. Probably the greatest polymath of all time, Leonardo was also a musician and revered music as the only serious rival for his divine 'science' of painting. Marking this significant anniversary and the legacy of this forward-thinking ‘Renaissance Man’, I Fagiolini combines art, music and science in Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible, a major new touring and recording project conceived with Leonardo expert Professor Martin Kemp.

Inspired by Leonardo’s relentless curiosity, ‘Shaping the invisible’ explores his best-loved images through the prism of music by Tallis, Howells, Victoria, Bach, Monteverdi, Janequin, and more. The project also includes a new commission from composer Adrian Williams and Gillian Clarke, the former National Poet of Wales, provoked by Leonardo’s scientific discoveries. In true I Fagiolini style, there are a few post-production surprises in store, whilst the concert tour includes projections of Leonardo’s beautiful art.

I Fagiolini has made a name for innovative productions of music for vocal ensemble. It has staged Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, and in 2004 premiered The Full Monteverdi, a dramatised account of the composer’s Fourth Book of Madrigals (1603) by John La Bouchardière. In 2006 I Fagiolini toured its South African collaboration Simunye and in 2009 created Tallis in Wonderland, a new way of hearing polyphony with live and recorded voices. In 2012 I Fagiolini and CIRCA, an Australian contemporary circus company, launched How Like An Angel for the Cultural Olympiad. Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama (with John La Bouchardière), sung to the music of Gesualdo was an immersive theatre work with dancers and singers set in ‘crime scenes’ and premiered at the Barbican in 2015. A year-long celebration of Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary in 2017 featured performances of The Other Vespers, L’Orfeo at venues including Glyndebourne, Cadogan Hall for the BBC Proms and Queen’s Hall for the Edinburgh International Festival and continues in 2019 with masks and puppets, directed by Thomas Guthrie.

“I Fagiolini has carved out a niche for itself exploring some more ‘off-the-wall’ corners of early music in a style that is at once true to the period but communicative to today’s listener.” - Daily Telegraph

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