Mon. 8 April 2024 – 20:00
Jonatan Alvarado

Polysemía Ensemble - Hidden Madrigals

Jacob Arcadelt and Cipriano de Rore, masters of polyphony

Please note: This concert will be moved to the Uilenburgersjoel (Synagoge) down the road.
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91

Polysemía Ensemble & special guest Jonatan Alvarado

Two towering composers from the Low Countries. Jacob Arcadelt and Cipriano de Rore, masters of polyphony, combined their skills with the highly passionate and often sensual verses of Italian poets from the late medieval era to forge a new musical genre: the Madrigal. During the 16th century, madrigals accompanied every social occasion. The meetings would be filled with poetry and music, voices and instruments.

The Polysemía Ensemble is bringing rarely performed pieces, gathering compositions for 3, 4, and 5 voices. Each one madrigal offers a distinct avenue for exploration, from the playful interplay of three voices to the harmonious solidity of four, and onward to the dynamic complexity of five-part compositions. 'Whilst the music takes centre stage, we combine recitations of the poetry that inspired these compositions, inviting audiences to think around the hidden layers of meaning within each verse.'

Polysemía Ensemble:
Gaia Szames, voice
Adriana Mendez, viola da gamba
Giuseppe Ciraso-Calì, viola da gamba
Xander Baker, viola da gamba
Magdalena Kasprzyk-Dobija, viola da gamba
Special guest:
Jonatan Alvarado, voice

S'el foco in cui sempr'ardo fosse foco
Grave pene in amor
O felici occhi miei

Vaghi pensieri
Io dico et dissi et dirò
Il bianco e dolce cigno
Voi mi ponest'in foco
Da le belle contrade d'oriente

S'io vi potessi dire, Madonna
Anchor che col partire
tutt'il di piango
Fera gentil

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