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Durham University



On this page you can find the list of forthcoming events with details, in addition to the link to the music section of the university's What's On guide.

Musicon: Gesauldo | Cruel Ecstasy

4th February 2020, 19:30, Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

EXAUDI James Weeks director


Carlo Gesualdo - Madrigals from Books V and VI
Christopher Fox - Canti del carcere (WP)
A work from MUSICON’s call for scores

Internationally renowned for its performances of the radical edges of vocal chamber music – from the Renaissance avant-garde to the music of today – EXAUDI brings to MUSICON a programme focused on the extraordinary madrigals of Carlo Gesualdo. Expressively extreme, technically adventurous and vocally virtuosic, Gesualdo’s last two books of madrigals are astonishing in their shocking harmonic language, disorientating juxtapositions of mood and intense emotional impact. EXAUDI’s decade-long exploration of this music seeks to bring these qualities to vivid life, alongside two new works: Christopher Fox’s settings of Gramsci’s powerful Prison Notebooks, and a piece selected from MUSICON’s anniversary call-for-scores.

A pre-concert talk with Dr. James Weeks will take place in the venue before the concert.

Presented in Collaboration with Durham Vocal Festival

Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1

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