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Gesualdo | Cruel Ecstasy

Tuesday 4th February 2020
Chapter House
Durham Cathedral, Durham

6.45pm Talk
7:30pm Performance

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


Presented in Collaboration with Durham Vocal Festival