EXAUDI: Chromatic Renaissance

March 23, 2022, 10:00 pm

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Founded in 2002 and based in London, EXAUDI has come to be known as one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music. Exaudi is equally at home in music of the late Renaissance, as we’ll hear tonight in their program titled Chromatic Renaissance. Featured are selections from the first major work of Orlando di Lasso and some astonishing chromatic madrigals of Carlo Gesualdo.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert May 31, 2021 in London’s Wigmore Hall. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer this program as a stream for 30 day following tonight’s broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)
Prophetiae Sibyllarum
– Prolgue, Sibylla Persica, Sibylla Europaea, Sibylla Erythraea, Sibylla Agrippa

Nicola Vicentino (1511-c. 1576)
Musica prisca caput

Luca Marenzio (1553/4-1599)
O voi che sospirate

Luzzasco Luzzaschi (c. 1545-1607)
Quivi sospiri

Carlo Gesualdo (ca 1561-1613)
Itene, o miei sospiri
Deh, come un invan sospiro
Asciugate i begli occhi
Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte

Exaudi; James Weeks, conductor