Robert Hollingworth director
Leighton God's grandure
Leo Ferré Chanson d'automne
Ed Hughes Sun, new moon and women shouting
Monteverdi O primavera, gioventù dell'anno
Britten Lenten is come
Howells The summer is coming
Anon Sumer is icumin in
Schütz Die Himmel erzählen
Janequin La Chasse
As climate change makes us consider the seasons, I Fagiolini sings of the passing of the year in a programme inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Younger's The Seasons. Brueghel’s images take us to a more certain time, as we look at the year – and nature – in music. Spring sees Monteverdi in love and Howells' rhapsodic (and rarely heard) 'The summer is coming' while summer itself is represented by Schütz in dance-like mood and Janequin's famously onomatopoeic staghunt. Autumn features Rheinberger's little classic as well as 1970s French jazz (‘Chanson d’automne’) while winter sees both an end and a new beginning in Ed Hughes' energetic and serene, 'Sun, new moon and women shouting', an account of Inuit rituals when women greet the re-appearance of the sun after the long arctic winter.
This concert was recorded in St Lawrence Church on 2 June 2021.
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