« madrigali notturni » evokes the spirit of the great Renaissance masters by linking musical composition to architecture, by shaping sound through spatial properties and by carefully choreographing the vocalists within a resonating space. As the title reveals « madrigali notturni » is a nightly vocal performance of madrigals. Core of this project is the music of two Renaissance composers Adrian Willaert (1490-1562) and his pupil Cipriano de Rore (1516-1565) and a contemporary response to it by composer Katharina Rosenberger. It is Willaert’s highly expressive and de Rore’s experimental and chromatic style that has animated Rosenberger to work with the material and to compliment it in her own music with microtonal inflections, glissandi and a variety of extended vocal techniques. The libretto stems from the great Italian poet and humanist Francesco Petrarca, which circles around the proclamation of love, it’s beauty and the many challenges.
With each performance in a different architectural setting, a new scenic concept is developed; it reconsiders the performers’ positions and movements throughout the space, sound and structure of the open form compositions, as well as the illumination, to highlight visually and audibly the structural uniqueness of each space and to make each reception of the work truly exceptional and attuned to the surroundings within which it takes place.
The video shows excerpts of « madrigali notturni » premier at the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Hanover, Germany - June 7, 2013
Svea Schildknecht • Soprano
Agnieszka Kowalczyk • Soprano
Sylvia Nopper • Mezzosoprano
Leslie Leon • Mezzosoprano
Katharina Rosenberger • Conception and Composition
Christa Wenger • Light Design
Ric Schachtebeck • Choreography
Ludger Engels • Consultation
Helena Tsiflidis, Stranger In Company • Production
Video by NORD NORD
We like to thank: Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Artephila Stiftung, Fondation Suisa, and Oertli Stiftung.