Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible

With I Fagiolini and Leonardo expert Prof Martin Kemp

Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, pioneer of flight, anatomist, scientist – yet according to Vasari, Leonardo’s first job outside Florence was as a musician.  ‘Music cannot be regarded other than as the sister of painting‘, said Leonardo, so for the 500th anniversary of his death in 2019, I Fagiolini and Martin Kemp offer reflections of his images in vocal music: aural fantasia dei vinci – art through the prism of music, in works by Tallis, Victoria, Monteverdi, Bach, Howells and Daniel-Lesur, among others.

The title ‘Shaping the Invisible’ – Leonardo’s phrase – is a new commission by Adrian Williams and poet Gillian Clarke for eight voices, celebrating Leonardo’s scientific investigation and obsession with flight.

A series of Leonardo’s works will be projected during the concert, and the concert programme has been released on CD by CORO: COR16171.

Duration: 2 hours 15mins with interval

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Please note, Wheelchair Spaces for this event are sold out. 

 Programme Running Order
Thomas Tallis Salvator mundi (1575) [02:15] Salvator Mundi
Herbert Howells Salvator mundi (1936) [02:00] Salvator Mundi
Cipriano de Rore Or che’l ciel e la terra (1542) [05:45] La Scapigliata
Claudio Monteverdi Era l’anima mia (1605) [03:00] Mona Lisa
JS Bach Art of Fugue No.1 (c.1740-50) [02:30] Vitruvian Man
Josquin Desprez Agnus Dei from Missa L’homme armé sexti toni (c1490-1500) [07:30] Fantasia dei Vinci
Clément Janequin La Guerre (1528) [06:15] Battle of Anghiari
Tomás Luis de Victoria Alma redemptoris mater (1581) [05:30] The Annunciation
Tomás Luis de Victoria Unus ex discipulis meis (1585) [02:15] The Last Supper
Edmund Rubbra Amicus meus (1962) [02:40] The Last Supper Orazio Vecchi Daspu ò che stabilao from L’Amfiparnaso (1597) [03:30] Five Grotesque Characters
Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur La Voix du Bien-Aimé / Le jardin clos (1952) [05:00] St John the Baptist
Adrian Williams/Gillian Clarke Shaping the invisible (2018) [10:00] Glider/Wing Design

  • I Fagiolini’s consort and solo singing are exemplary…
  • If there’s a more enterprisingly theatrical vocal group than this one, I’ve yet to encounter it…
    The Telegraph

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