The Consort of Melbourne and Ensemble 642
Works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Orlande de Lassus and many more.
The image of fire as an allegory for human passion appears throughout literary history, giving birth to a vast and diverse repertoire of fiery vocal music. Flames Within is an exploration of this repertoire, centred around the explosive madrigals of Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Orlande de Lassus, and reaching back as far as the chants of Hildegard von Bingen and forward as far as Australian composers Nigel Butterley and Peter Sculthorpe.
My heart burns and the fire is so sweet
That it lives in the blaze,
And thus dies joyfully.
- Anonymous poet, featured in Gesualdo’s Ardo il mio cor.