14 September, 7 pm
Palace of the Grand Dukes, Katedros a. 4, Vilnius
Hodie beata Virgo Maria
Vocal works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Carlo Gesualdo
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, dir. Harry van der Kamp (The Netherlands)
Monika Mauch - soprano, Nele Gramß – soprano, Marnix De Cat – altas, Charles Daniels – tenor, Harry van Berne – tenor, Harry van der Kamp – bass
In their programme “Hodie beata Virgo Maria”, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam alternate the works of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621) with those of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1566–1613), two major composers of the Renaissance who never met, yet must have known of each other’s existence.
Both Gesualdo and Sweelinck came from the Catholic tradition, yet Sweelinck also chose to compose an entire Calvinist Psalter, and blessed the world with a complete collection of 150 psalm madrigals. The audience will get an insight into this work of Sweelinck, juxtaposed with the work of Gesualdo, which is of an entirely different nature in its highly personal style with unexpected harmonic changes and its material closely connected to the text.
The world-acclaimed ensemble Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam is noted for its dedication to the musical creations of Carlo Gesualdo, as well as those of Sweelinck, which they have recorded integrally. For his exceptional achievements, ensemble leader Harry van der Kamp was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2010.