PASSION

Love's Fire, Love's Ashes

Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals are a theatre of the senses. The murmur of the waves, an amorous glance, the coolness of water or the heat of the sun are all brought to life through the composer’s unparalleled gift for marrying text and music. This programme aims to showcase the ravishing beauty of these madrigals, as well as their expressive scope: profound darkness and blinding light; searing grief and amorous rapture. Like Shakespeare or Leonardo, there is a fresh twinkle to Monteverdi’s genius each time you look. This is music to stir the passions and move the soul, and – as the composer explicitly desired – to make us feel and know more vividly both the pain and pleasure of being alive.

MONTEVERDI

ABERDEEN
EDINBURGH
SHETLAND
BATH

Bach Christmas Oratorio

Introducing our new recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

John Butt applies his extensive knowledge of Bach’s performing practices to present the range of choral scoring that Bach seems to have used in the Christmas Oratorio, realizing something of the implications of the composer’s performing conditions and decisions.

This recording features some free downloadable content. Don’t forget to download alongside your purchase!