La Vaghezza

Fri 12 July 2019

Mother and child – Michaelangelo’s Pietà

Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo soprano

Biber Annunciation, from the Rosary Sonatas
Merula Hor che è tempo di dormire, Fuge et veni dilecte mi
Byrd Pavane and Galliard from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Purcell The blessed Virgin’s expostulation, Z 196
Marini Sonata ‘La Variata’, Op 8
Cima Sonata a violino e violone, ‘Concerti Ecclesiastici’
Donati O gloriosa Domina
Michi Ninna nanna alla napolitana

La Vaghezza has quickly become one of the most sought after chamber ensembles in the European early music scene. The programme for this concert is inspired by a pivotal icon in Western culture and spirituality – the Virgin Mary. Michaelangelo’s Pietà is an unforgettable rendering of the Madonna – holding her dying son in her arms; this single infinite gesture of maternal love shows her bowing to destiny. It is through the words hidden behind her silence that the music of this programme is born, recreating this singular relationship between mother and son, full of love and suffering.