Melancholy and Nonsense: Madrigals for Every Mood

January 10, 2024, 10:00 pm

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A man plays the violin and sings; a woman plays the lute and smiles, a young man in the background holds up a glass
Gerard van Honthorst (1592-1656:) "Couple making music behind a balustrade"

2024 marks Baroque&Before’s tenth anniversary. On this week’s program, British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini brings us madrigals for every mood in a program titled “Melancholy and Nonsense.” I Fagiolini’s recital took place November 11, 2022 in the Kreuzkirche in Herne, Germany, as part of Herne Early Music Days, founded in 1976. Madrigals by Monteverdi, Purcell, Banchieri and others echo the Festival’s 2022 theme: “Tragic-Comic.”

Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to bring you tonight’s program as a stream for thirty days following tonight’s broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Io mi son giovinetta
Cruda Amarilli
Lamento della ninfa
Piagn’e sospira

Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634)
Capricciata a tre voci / Contrappunto bestiale alla mente

Giovanni Croce (ca 1557-1609)
Il gioco dell’occa

Orazio Vecchi (ca 1550-1605)
Misero che farò lucio infelice
Oh ecco il capitano

John Wilbye (1574-1638)
Weep, Weep, Mine Eyes

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Urge Me no More, Z. 426
Music for a While, Z. 583
When the Cock Begins to Crow, Z. 172

Clément Janequin (ca 1485-after 1558)
La chasse

I Fagiolini; Robert Hollingworth: conductor, alto and harpsichord