27 Jul 2004
I Fagiolini 
I Fagiolini the former Factory Classical Monteverdi specialists (Facd 316) are playing a show London's South Bank in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer on Friday 17 September 2004. The show is part of the 'Inventions: The Early Music Weekend' strand.

From the Royal Festival Hall website: "I Fagiolini are well known for their inventive approach to presenting early music in the concert hall, especially through staged or semi-staged versions of Renaissance vocal works. Their dramatic performance of Monteverdi's complete fourth book of madrigals promises a very different concert-going experience: be prepared for a revelation."

Incidentally, the South Bank Centre's publicity booklet uses the cover shot from Facd 316 to promote the show.


Claudio Monteverdi Book 4 Madrigals
Robert Hollingworth: musical director
John La Bouchardiere: director

Tickets: £8.00
Concessions: £5** (limited availability)
Official website: www.rfh.org.uk

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