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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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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